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Music of the stratospheres

Fifteen-year oscillations in Saturn's equatorial stratosphere bear a striking resemblance to the shorter-term oscillations seen on Earth and Jupiter — akin to notes played on a cello, a violin and a viola.

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Figure 1: An atmosphere as an upside-down violin.

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Dowling, T. Music of the stratospheres. Nature 453, 163–164 (2008) doi:10.1038/453163a

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