Ann Shields
March 29, 2012

The Scientific Visualization Studio at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has released a mesmerizing animation, Perpetual Ocean, in which 2½ years' worth of data recording the oceans' surface currents was fed into a modelling program. The result—extravagant and whimsical and truly beautiful—merits a couple of minutes viewing. 

(Do yourself a favor and watch it full-screen.)

Ann Shields is a senior digital editor at Travel + Leisure.

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