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NASA GLOBE Observer’s Weekly Roundup: 11-17 September 2016

Noctilucent clouds.

Do you ever find that when you are interested in something you notice it all the more?  Have clouds been on your mind?  They have definitely been on mine.  I was reminded recently by a friend that if we look for beauty in the world around us that we are more sure to find it.  It’s all about our outlook.  

Look out, look around and up and down.  You may just discover other moments of beauty while observing your world and doing cloud citizen science.  Learn this and more in this week’s roundup.

1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: In the above you see a portion of our globe with blue light above. These are noctilucent or “night-shining” clouds (NLCs).  Mostly present at the North or South Poles and during the summer months these special clouds form from the seeding dust of meteorites.  Still you may just see some – summer is not quite over and there have been sightings in Colorado and Kansas in the United States. Wouldn’t these make a great cloud observation for GLOBE Observer?

2. CHALLENGE: This Wednesday, 14 September is the last day of our cloud challenge.  Have you been making observations?  You can share your images with us via the “Discussion” tab on our Facebook event page.  

3. ATMOSPHERIC SCIENCE: The Decadal Survey for Earth Science and Applications from Space - Panel on Weather and Air Quality: Minutes to Subseasonal -- will take place starting Monday and continue through Wednesday (12-14 September) in Washington DC.  Some sessions are open to the public.  Learn how you can take part in this meeting in the link below.

4. CHARACTER: 100 years ago Tuesday, children’s author Roald Dahl was born (13 September 1916).  Have you ever read James and the Giant Peach?  Remember the “Cloud-men?”  These characters regulate the weather from their perch amongst the clouds.

5. BEYOND: Speaking of clouds … how about nebula?  Did you know that the word “Nebula” is Latin for cloud?  Take a look at a “cloud” in space in the below.  This image was taken by the Hubble Space Telescope.

EXTRA: Roald Dahl once said:

“And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it.”

Let’s find and share some cloud magic.

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