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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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Transcend. This word is special to me. It means to "go beyond." To go beyond. Be inspired in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  "What kind of clouds are these? Although their cause is presently unknown, such unusual atmospheric structures, as menacing as they might seem, do not appear to be harbingers of meteorological doom. Known informally as Undulatus asperatus clouds, they can be stunning in appearance, unusual in occurrence, are relatively unstudied, and have even been suggested as a new type of cloud. Whereas most low cloud decks are flat bottomed,...


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What if? Why? How? Questions are all a part of the scientific method. Space missions are sent to answer questions about our world and about our Universe. Keep reading to learn about  a few thinkers and about  a new space mission that will help us understand more about weather, and clouds. This and more in this week’s roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  The new GOES-R satellite launches Saturday, 19 November. Above is an image taken on Friday of the launch vehicle on the launch pad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. (Image credit: Goes-R...


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T he moon, inspiring music and more enchanting things in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  The above picture is of a supermoon with clouds floating across it is from 2013. Sunday/Monday, 13/14 November is also a supermoon day. This supermoon is a special one. See the video in the link below to learn why it is special. ( Check local listings for moon rise times.) Image Supermoon Video 2. MUSIC:  14 November is also the 116th anniversary of the birth of American composer Aaron Copland. Many of his works -- think: "Our Town,"...


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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.