Research Spotlight: Kelvin-Helmholtz waves observed in flyby of Mercury
Article first published online: 3 JUN 2011
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Eos, Transactions American Geophysical Union
Volume 91, Issue 29, page 260, 20 July 2010
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2010), Research Spotlight: Kelvin-Helmholtz waves observed in flyby of Mercury, Eos Trans. AGU, 91(29), 260–260, doi:10.1029/EO091i029p00260-02., and (
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Kelvin-Helmholtz waves, the surface waves that form when two fluids with different speeds move past each other, can be created along the magnetopause when solar wind plasma interacts with a planet's magnetosphere. These waves have previously been observed in Earth's magnetosphere. Now they have been observed in Mercury's magnetosphere as well. On 29 September 2009, the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft flew by the planet Mercury for the third time.