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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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Article by Maria-Jose Vinas Garcia and originally published on the NASA web site . Want to be a citizen Earth scientist? All you need to contribute to NASA’s studies of our home planet is a smartphone, access to the outdoors, and the new “GLOBE Observer” app. Now available for Apple and Android phones, the app is an initiative of the Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program, a science and education effort that for over two decades has enabled schools and students in over 110 countries to investigate their local environment and put their...


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Don’t you just love having the opportunity to lie down outside on a blanket and view the sky above your head? I cannot think of anything more relaxing.  Are you imagining some clouds right now?  Did you know that not just scientists and spacecraft collect data on clouds?  Learn how you too can take cloud data, how astronauts relax and more in this week’s roundup.  1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: Our image of the week (see the above) is “Cloudy Earth” from NASA’s Aqua satellite’s MODIS instrument.  This image shows an average of Earth’s cloud coverage between the...


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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.