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NASA GLOBE Observer’s Weekly Roundup: 20-26 November 2016

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What if? Why? How? Questions are all a part of the scientific method. Space missions are sent to answer questions about our world and about our Universe. Keep reading to learn about a few thinkers and about a new space mission that will help us understand more about weather, and clouds. This and more in this week’s roundup.

1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: The new GOES-R satellite launches Saturday, 19 November. Above is an image taken on Friday of the launch vehicle on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (Image credit: Goes-R Facebook.)

"The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-R Series (GOES-R) is the nation’s next generation of geostationary weather satellites. The GOES-R series will significantly improve the detection and observation of environmental phenomena that directly affect public safety, protection of property and our nation’s economic health and prosperity."

Follow GOES-R on Facebook for the latest from the launch and mission.

2. PHOTOGRAPHY: You may have noticed that during the Supermoon last week that it was tough to get a good photo of what you were seeing. (Clouds are so much easier to photograph than other objects in the sky.) This Sunday (20 November) is Terry Lovejoy's 50th birthday. This discover of comets also helped the advancement of astrophotography. He did this by helping to popularize a modification to digital cameras so that they could take better pictures of celestial objects.

3. BIRTHDAY: Lewis Rutherfurd is a pioneer of astrophotography. (You should check out some of his photos -- they are pretty good.) Friday also happens to be the 200th anniversary of his birth.

These two men (Lovejoy and Rutherfurd) may be 150 years apart, but both advanced photography of sky objects.

4. EDISON: This week also marks the announcement of the invention of the phonograph by Thomas Edison. This was the inventor's favorite invention. Music makes so many things better. Do you have a soundtrack for your life? How about favorite tunes you listen too while cloud watching? Did you happen to listen to some Aaron Copland last Monday?

5. PICTURES: See last week's favorite cloud observation submissions on our Facebook page. And don't forget to share your favorite photos with us by tagging us on Facebook and Twitter: #NASAGO. 

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