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I am always so inspired by paintings with beautiful vistas of clouds. Special clouds, an artist and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  The image above shows a special type of cloud found in polar regions. Can you guess which type?  More About the Image 2. SCREAM: Artist, Edvard Munch, may have been inspired to create his famous "The Scream" painting in 1892 due to the occurrence of the type of clouds seen in the above picture. Learn more about it in the links below. The Painting Blog:...


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Dreaming of a get away to a far away land?  Perhaps somewhere tropical with beautiful skies full of clouds?   Even if you cannot get there in person, you can still learn more about the places of your dreams. Virtually travel anywhere and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE(S) OF THE WEEK:   The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this natural-color image of the Juan Fernandez Islands six years ago on 29 April.  "Two small islands produced big effects in the atmosphere off of Chile in...


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The Earth is beautiful. It is our home. Celebrate the Earth and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE(S) OF THE WEEK:  Saturday, 22 April is Earth Day.  The above is just a sample of the images NASA has compiled for the celebration. Click on the first link in the below for high resolution versions of the above images and more. NASA is also inviting you to "adopt" the planet this Earth Day.  Go to the second link to learn how. Earth Day Gallery Adopt the Planet 2. EARTH DAY: Are you planning an Earth Day event? You can access...


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Shine bright. How do you shine?  Well, I can tell you that the Earth is always shining.  Learn more about earthshine and a few shining stars of discovery and exploration. This and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  Did you you know that the Earth shines on the Moon?  "Sometimes the dark face of the Moon catches Earth’s reflected glow and returns that light. The dark face of the Moon has a faint shine, a ghostly version of a full Moon. The phenomenon is called earthshine. It tends to be brightest between April and June, though it does...


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So far, GLOBE Observer has been focused on cloud citizen science, but we have more citizen science opportunities coming your way.  See a preview of what is to come in the below. This and more in this week's roundup.  1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  The above picture may look like it has a rainbow in it, but this is in fact what is called a "Glory." "A layer of stratocumulus clouds over the Pacific Ocean served as the backdrop for this rainbow-like optical phenomenon known as a glory. Glories generally appear as concentric rings of color in front of mist or fog....


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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.