While one could spend hours gazing up at the endless variations of clouds, satellite imagery has revealed that looking down on them can be even more astonishing.

Looking Down at Clouds in the SkyS

Anvil Cloud, Western Africa

Looking Down at Clouds in the SkyS

Cyclones, Indian Ocean

Looking Down at Clouds in the SkyS

Von Kármán Vortex Street, Selkirk Island

Looking Down at Clouds in the SkyS

Gravity Waves, Indian Ocean

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