Observer Events

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GLOBE Observer Connect: March 2024

Date: 03/21/2024 - 03/21/2024
Time: 8:00 pm ET - 8:45 pm ET

Energy from the Sun warms our planet, and changes in sunlight can also cause changes in temperature, clouds, and wind. Clouds are ever changing and give you clues and information on what is happening in the atmosphere. Eclipses provide a natural experiment, in which the Sun’s light is blocked from Earth for a brief period in time, allowing us to observe the effects of that sudden change. During the March GLOBE Observer Connect, we learned from Marilé Colón Robles, GLOBE Clouds project scientist at NASA’s Langley Research Center, about the different processes by which clouds form and how the eclipse may have an impact on those processes. In addition, we heard from Ashlee Autore, a scientist also at NASA Langley, about the analysis she has been doing of cloud observations during the annular eclipse on 14 October 2023, and what she hopes to explore with further data from the total solar eclipse on 08 April. She is especially interested in how cloud coverage changes during the eclipse across different climate zones. Read more about their analysis in the blog post, "GLOBE Eclipse Challenge: Clouds and Our Solar-powered Earth."