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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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NASA observes Earth's clouds on a daily basis and began doing so in 1960. It happens that this week marks the anniversary of the launch of the first satellite sent to observe clouds from space. This and more in this week's roundup.  1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  This astronaut photograph taken five years ago ( 25 March 2012)  illustrates the formation of wave clouds in the wake, or downwind side, of Île aux Cochons (“Pig Island”) in the southern Indian Ocean. "The summit elevation is high enough for the land surface to interact with cloud layers and with winds...


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It is always good to set up some habits for your day, your month and your year. If you are like me, then the coming season marks the start of vegetable gardening and spring cleaning. What about preparing for those times that can surprise you, but do occur seasonally as well? Severe storms and more in this week's roundup.  1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  T ornado season has started in the USA.  We are very familiar with the look of a tornado from the surface of the Earth. But how about from space? The clouds in the above image show a...


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Two visionaries, a slice of pi and an "Emerald Isle" in this week's roundup.  1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  See the clouds over the ocean and the clear skies above the island in the image above?  A high-pressure system could be the cause of the clear and cloudy skies. "Cold, dry air sinking over the islands and the waters to the northeast would be relatively cloud-free. Once the air spread out over warmer water, clouds would form." Can you guess what island is in the above picture? Find out and learn more in the link below. The Image 2. THEORY...


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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.