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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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Weather predictions, musings and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  Clouds are useful for predicting the weather. Do you know the following saying: "Red skies at night, sailors delight. Red skies in morning sailors fair warning." See the image above? What does it predict? Learn what in the article below. The above image was taken by G. White. Article 2. CLOUDS: Monday is   Canadian singer-songwriter Joni Mitchell's 73rd birthday (7 November  1943). Here are a few lyrics from her song titled "Both Sides, Now" from...


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Big question. Do you prefer the spooky or the magical? Much of the below fits in either category, so take your pick from this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  Don't these clouds look eerie? The green glow from auroras in Iceland make for a fantastical photograph. This one was taken by Daniele Boffelli and was featured on NASA's Picture of the Day  in November 2015. Learn more about it and how it is an unusual shot in the link below. More Information 2. ANNIVERSARY: This Monday is Halloween, but it is also   NASA's Jet Propulsion...


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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.