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NASA GLOBE Observer’s Weekly Roundup: 23-29 Dec. 2018

Wispy white clouds in a blue sky.

Happy Holidays, everyone. This and more in this week's edition of the roundup.

1. HAPPY HOLIDAYS:  What are your plans during this holiday time? Mine includes time with friends and family and some good food. And pictures. We always take pictures.  

I have especially been loving the wispy clouds of late. Have you noticed these? I have been taking lots of pictures of them too. The above is just one example. Can you guess what type of clouds these are? Don't know? Check out your app to find out.

4. LET IT SNOW: As I mentioned in my last two posts, NASA Earth Science has been releasing videos all about the icy parts of our Earth. Last week they released their video all about the ICESat-2 launch.  And this week was the latest video in the series. It is all about the Ice Bridge mission and its relationship to ICESat-2.

Keep watching until the end, because it's beautiful -- Earth is beautiful.

2. THE WEATHER OUTSIDE IS: Winter began this last Friday.  What changes are you seeing out of doors? Document and share with us your data by using the GLOBE Observer Land Cover tool within the app.  

3. MERRY AND BRIGHT: Christmas Eve is this Monday and it is also the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 8 astronauts' view of Earth rise from the vicinity of the Moon -- the first time this was seen.

The astronaut's closed their broadcast from space that Christmas Eve with the following statement:

"And from the crew of Apollo 8, we close with good night, good luck, a Merry Christmas – and God bless all of you, all of you on the good Earth."

5. WEEKLY VIDEO: And last but not least check out our favorite cloud images from all around the world. 

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Did you Know?

Cirrus over Cumulus

This is a great, and fairly typical shot of high thin cirrus over low cumulus clouds in the Tropics.

Photo taken by Doug Stoddard in Puerto Rico.