The Scientific Visualisation Studio at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre created this beautiful animation called Perpetual Ocean which visualises the ocean's surface currents over a 30-month period between June 2005 and December 2007.
The animation was created using NASA and JPL's high-resolution model of the global oceans, which is normally used for running simulations and predicting changes in the currents. But this time the results were exaggerated to produce this short film that looks like it sprang from a Vincent Van Gogh canvas. Once again Mother Nature, you've bested our most talented artists. [NASA via Neatorama]