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Aerosols, shadows and hurricanes. This and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  Interested in aerosols? They are key in cloud formation, but too many aerosols closer to the ground can be bad for our health. So bad that NASA is sponsoring a competition that asks people to design a new aerosol sensor. Got innovative ideas and design skills? You may just want to enter this competiton. "The Earth and Space Air Prize is a two-phased competition. Registration for Phase 1 is open until December 13, 2017, and requires submission of a...


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

Map some mosquitoes, celebrate the start of fall and perhaps even wave to a spacecraft -- this and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  The above image is an artist's rendition of the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft adjacent to a cloudy Earth. You can wave to this spacecraft this coming Friday. "On Sept. 22, NASA’s OSIRIS-REx (Origins, Spectral Interpretation, Resource Identification, and Security – Regolith Explorer) spacecraft will make a close approach to Earth, using the planet’s gravity to slingshot itself toward the asteroid Bennu....


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For many people, this past week has been one of extremes and emergency preparation and recuperation. Our thoughts are with those affected. Please stay safe. This and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  We hope that the intensity of both hurricanes Irma and Jose continue to lessen. NASA's fleet of satellites have been continually providing forecasters with data on both hurricanes. See the link below for the latest.   The above data set was taken on 9 September 2017 by the Suomi NPP satellite and is an infrared image showing...


Posted in: Curriculum: Language Culture and Arts Science and Math STEM GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science General Science GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Earth System Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Aerosols Atmosphere » Air Temperature Atmosphere » Barometric Pressure Atmosphere » Clouds Atmosphere » Water Vapor Earth As a System Atmosphere » Precipitation Atmosphere » Relative Humidity Atmosphere » Surface Temperature Atmosphere » Wind Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Atmosphere and Climate » Cloud Fun Atmosphere and Climate » Cloud Watch Atmosphere and Climate » Cloudscape Atmosphere and Climate » Estimating Cloud Cover Atmosphere and Climate » Observing Visibility and Sky Color Atmosphere and Climate » Observing, Describing, and Identifying Clouds Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

And we're back. So many fun events and moments to remember from #Eclipse2017. Plus, do you have plans for the long weekend?  This and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. THANK YOU:  GLOBE Observer team members (including myself) were sent all over the nation  -- we were pleased to meet and talk with you all. Thank you for your interest and dedication to citizen science.  We also want to thank all of our citizen scientists who contributed over 100,000 (and still counting) measurements during the solar eclipse on 21 August. Check out the...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Language Culture and Arts Science and Math STEM GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science General Science GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Clouds Earth As a System Atmosphere » Air Temperature Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate » Building a Thermometer Atmosphere and Climate » Cloud Fun Atmosphere and Climate » Cloud Watch Atmosphere and Climate » Cloudscape Atmosphere and Climate » Estimating Cloud Cover Atmosphere and Climate » Observing Visibility and Sky Color Atmosphere and Climate » Observing, Describing, and Identifying Clouds Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

What better way to experience the eclipse then by throwing an eclipse party for your friends and family?  Materials, activities and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  We had a lot of fun last week during our Facebook Live broadcast at the  Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).  (The above picture shows almost all of the members of the broadcast team.) Making NASA GLOBE Observer observations together and learning more about the Earth system with fun science demos could make for some good activities if you are throwing...


Posted in: Curriculum: Language Culture and Arts Science and Math STEM GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science General Science GLOBE Protocols Earth as a System Earth System Science General News Topics: Calendar Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Clouds Earth As a System Atmosphere » Air Temperature Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Earth as a System Atmosphere and Climate » Building a Thermometer Atmosphere and Climate » Cloud Fun Atmosphere and Climate » Cloud Watch Atmosphere and Climate » Cloudscape Atmosphere and Climate » Estimating Cloud Cover Atmosphere and Climate » Observing Visibility and Sky Color Atmosphere and Climate » Observing, Describing, and Identifying Clouds Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

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.