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Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability in the Magnetosphere
Kelvin-Helmholtz Instability in the Magnetosphere

When the interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) is oriented westward (dawnward) or eastward (duskward), magnetopause boundary layers at higher latitude become most subject to Kelvin–Helmholtz instabilities - shown here in an artist's representation as giant swirls. Credit: AOES Medialab

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