Friday, February 13, 2009

Waves in a large free sphere of water

From the International Space Station:

Is this basically the same as free oscillations of the whole Earth?

Thanks to Top 10 Amazing Physics Videos from Wired Science.

1 comment:

  1. Well, free oscillations of the Earth have toroidal, as well as spheroidal, modes. I'm not sure I see that in the water bubble, but it's a little hard to tell in the video. In any case, the solid Earth is elastic (at the relevant time scale), unlike water, so I would think that the wave behavior would be different.


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