Waves of dust blow over the Red Sea • Earth.com

Last update: January 25th, 2020 at 8:00 am

Today’s Image of the Day from NASA Earth Observatory shows a wave pattern that has formed in dust as it drifts from the Sahara Desert over the Red Sea.

According to experts, the interesting structure of the dust is likely caused by gravity waves. NASA researcher Bastiaan Van Diedenhoven explained that gravity waves are common in the atmosphere, but clouds or dust are required for them to become visible.

The image was captured by Lauren Dauphin, using data from the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite.

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

Image Credit: NASA Earth Observatory

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