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NASA GLOBE Observer’s Weekly Roundup: 25-31 December 2016

Earth from space.

It's holiday time. What enchants you? For me, it is optimism. A hopeful outlook. May the new year find you all well and happy.

A few things to celebrate in this week's roundup.

1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: The above image comes from NASA Earth Observatory's feature, "A Celebration of Clouds: From Space, Earth Has an Elegant Atmosphere"

"Earth has been referred to as 'the blue planet' due to its abundance of water. "The cloudy planet” would be equally appropriate. At any given time, about two-thirds of Earth’s surface is covered by these masses of water and ice particles suspended in ..." keep reading in the link below.

2. MOTION: Sir Issac Newton was born 374 years ago 25 December. Learn all about his "Three Laws of Motion" in the below. For more on Newton and how his laws helped to place satellites into orbit around our Earth -- such as the satellites that take cloud data -- please see the second link in the below for my 4 - 10 September 2016 blog post.

3. FLIGHTS OF FANCY: 112 years ago Tuesday, J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan debuted in London, England. Puffy and pink cotton candy clouds is what I see when I imagine Peter Pan flying to Neverland. There have been several productions of this story on both stage, on film and in music. Why not choose and enjoy one this week.

4. NEW YEAR: Happy New Year to You! Making any resolutions for 2017? Consider adding taking more clouds observations as part of your new year. Don't have the app yet? Get it in the link below.

5. PHOTOS: We just want to thank you all for the past few months and for all of your submissions.  Keep them coming and we can't wait to see your pictures in 2017.  You can check out 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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