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Happy New Year, everyone. Make some plans for your week, for your year and be sure to include #NASAGO. A few things to explore in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  This image is of clouds over the southern Indian Ocean and was acquired by one of the northward-viewing cameras of the Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer (MISR) instrument on NASA's polar-orbiting Terra spacecraft.  Yi-Chun Chen is  one scientist who studies clouds over the Earth's oceans.  Learn more about her and her research in the link below. More 2. SHOWER: ...


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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...


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Winter is officially here.  A few things to do, observe and listen to in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  Wednesday is the winter solstice. The above image is of a winter solstice day 12 years ago. See all those swirling clouds? The Image More About the Solstice 2. SHOWER:  21/22 December is the peak of the Ursids meteor shower.  For how, and when, to view, check out the link below. Viewing Details 3. ADVISORY:   Did you notice a 401 error when trying to submit your data recently? This issue has now been...


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Are you well-informed? Are you good company? Getting ready for some gatherings with friends and family for the holidays or before the end of the year?   “My idea of good company … is the company of clever, well-informed people who have a great deal of conversation; that is what I call good company.”  (Anne from  Jane Austen’s  novel Persuasion makes this statement.  And it is true.) This week's roundup is full of conversational tidbits and fun outings you can talk about or do with friends and family.  1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:...


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A question, a couple of space missions to remember, a few notable scientists, and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:   Wednesday is the 15th anniversary of the launch of two Earth-science missions: Jason-1 and TIMED (see the image above). These two separate missions were launched together in the same launch vehicle from  Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. Jason-1 was a mission to study the ocean, but was decommissioned in July 2013. TIMED was sent to study the mesosphere and lower thermosphere/ionosphere (MLTI) region of Earth's...


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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.