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Devising plans for the upcoming days/weeks/months? We have a few for your weekend. If you are more spontaneous than that do not read the below.   Rockets, satellites, shooting stars, and more in this week's round up. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  The above image -- taken in 2011 -- was taken from a shuttle training aircraft and shows NASA's Space Shuttle Endeavour cutting through a blanket of clouds as it heads toward Earth orbit in order to rendezvous with the International Space Station (ISS). Read More About the Image 2. FATHER...


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First impression are not always what they seem. What about cloud impressions? Clouds are always clouds, but sometimes they can look like something else. How about an  e lephant ?  Cloud shapes, a birthday, some poetry, and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  The above image -- taken in September two years ago -- was acquired by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Terra satellite and shows a circular shape made up of clouds. "While circular clouds like this can form in several situations, this...


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Pumpkin spice everything is everywhere – from muffins to cereal to yogurt and ice cream. F all must be in the air (for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere) . I don’t know about you, but this is the time of year when I most enjoy viewing clouds in the sky -- particularly sunset clouds. Learn about golden hour, some artistic clouds and more in this week’s roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  The above image shows sunset on Earth from space and was taken by astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS).   The caption reads: “Deep oranges and yellows appear...


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Do you ever find that when you are interested in something you notice it all the more?  Have clouds been on your mind?  They have definitely been on mine.  I was reminded recently by a friend that if we look for beauty in the world around us that we are more sure to find it.  It’s all about our outlook.   Look out, look around and up and down.  You may just discover other moments of beauty while observing your world and doing cloud citizen science.  Learn this and more in this week’s roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  In the above you see a...


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Summer may be winding down in the Northern Hemisphere and school is in full swing for many students. Before we return fully to our daily schedules and activities let’s take a little time to celebrate being out-of-doors as we say goodbye to the summer holidays. Learn how you can communicate, participate and collaborate with cloud science in this week’s roundup. 1. IMAGES: Labor Day is this Monday, 5 September for citizen scientists living in the United States.  Headed outside for a cook-out, baseball game or other excursion? You can take the GLOBE Observer app with you and...


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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.