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Astronauts View a Bevy of Geometric Cloud Patterns

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September 11, 2013

Astronauts View a Bevy of Geometric Cloud Patterns

Guadalupe Island is a volcanic edifice 240 kilometers (150 miles) off the coast of Mexico’s Baja California peninsula. On Aug. 4, 2013, this astronaut photograph shows the effect of winds blowing from the north (left) across the island, giving rise to a series of atmospheric eddies that appear as circles and swirls in the clouds downwind.