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Here at NASA GLOBE Observer we are gearing up to kick off a month-long clouds data challenge.  Learn more about clouds, the challenge and more in this week’s edition of the roundup.   1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:   Have you ever seen a rainbow like the one in the above image? I have, but only once or twice during my lifetime.  What you are seeing in the above is called "cloud iridescence." "Cloud iridescence is relatively rare. The cloud must be thin and have lots of water droplets or ice crystals of about the same size. When that happens, the suns...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Earth System Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Aerosols Atmosphere » Clouds Atmosphere » Precipitation Atmosphere » Water Vapor Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

The Olympics, ICE-POP and more in this week’s edition of the roundup.   1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  I f you watched the opening ceremonies the other night from PyeongChang, Korea, and if you are like me, then you were undoubtedly delighted with all of the wonder and beauty displayed by the projections and the performers. And the sports events we will be able to witness will no doubt make history. Now, winter sports need ice and snow.  Without these, well, it just would not be possible.  If you have been following us on social media then you will have...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science General Science GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Clouds Atmosphere » Water Vapor Hydrosphere Atmosphere » Precipitation Hydrosphere » Mosquitoes Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

When you hear the word cheerleader, no doubt you think of the sports variety. High kicks, pom poms, and special calls and chants. But a cheerleader does not have to just promote sports. Have you ever considered being a cheerleader for citizen science? A few cheerleaders, memorabilia, and more in this week's edition of the roundup.  "Let's Go Citizen Science!" 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  If you haven't checked out our latest profile yet you should. Lauren Farmer does citizen science and leads others in citizen science in both the North and South Poles. (In the...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science General Science Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Clouds Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

We are celebrating 60 years of satellite science and invite you all to #ExploreAsOne. This and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. CELEBRATE:   Wednesday, 31 January marks the 60th anniversary of the first U.S. satellite in space.  Explorer 1 was the beginning -- and the reason we are celebrating satellite science this week. Within these last 60 years we have witnessed a lot of advancements in satellite technology and science. Just two years after Explorer 1 satellites began observing clouds from space (in 1960 with the TIROS-1...


Posted in: Curriculum: Science and Math Technology STEM GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate General Science GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Education Working Group Technology Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Clouds Atmosphere » Precipitation Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

Storms, hobbies and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: This last week the eastern part of the United States was hit with a major winter storm. "The fast-moving storm hit the Southeast on January 3, delivering snow to Tallahassee, Florida, for the first time in three decades and knocking out power to tens of thousands of people in Georgia and Florida. Strengthening over the ocean, it then pummeled coastal areas of South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Delaware, and New Jersey on January 4, with winds of up to 50 miles (80 kilometers) per...


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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.