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The AGU Fall meeting is this week. This, mountains, apps and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. AGU:  GLOBE Observer and The GLOBE Program have a number of posters and presentations at this year's AGU meeting.  Everything from the eclipse to mitigating zika through using the GLOBE Observer app. Check out the full listing in the second link below. More About the AGU Fall Meeting Schedule Live NASA Briefings from the AGU 2. MOUNTAINS:  This coming Tuesday (December 11) is International Mountain Day. "Mountains cover around 22...


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  Editor's Note: This article was originally published by the  GLOBE Implementation Office:  https://www.globe.gov/news-events/globe-news/newsdetail/globe/more-languages-now-available-on-the-globe-observer-app- The GLOBE Observer App now offers nine different languages translations: Arabic, Dutch, English, French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Vietnamese! The GLOBE Observer app extends the reach of The GLOBE Program by providing a way for you, as a citizen scientist in a GLOBE country, to make observations and contribute to the...


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Volunteer for Earth. This and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. VOLUNTEER:  This Wednesday, December 5th is International Volunteering Day.  What will you do to celebrate? Learn More 2. CITIZEN SCIENCE:  Making citizen science observations is a good way to volunteer for our home planet.  You could take observations of the clouds, sky and land, as well as help fight disease by looking at mosquito habitats. Learn more about how to make observations in the link below. Get the App 3. WORLD SOIL DAY: Wednesday is also...


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Science days, mosquitoes and more.  1. ISCSMD:  This coming Saturday (November 10th) is International Science Center and Science Museum Day. About the day: "The International Science Center and Science Museum Day (ISCSMD) is a yearly, global event illustrating the impact and reach of all the world’s science centers and science museums. It demonstrates the role these institutions play with their millions of visitors in raising awareness of—and engagement in—sustainable development and the solutions to worldwide challenges such as climate change, human health...


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Happy almost-Halloween, everyone. This and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. FALL FOLIAGE:  Have you been noticing color changes in the landscape around you?  How about fall foliage?  You can capture what you see with the Land Cover tool within the GLOBE Observer app. And if you haven't seen it already check out the some NASA's favorite fall foliage space views of Earth in the link below. Autumn Around the World Video 2. PUMPKINS: Want to learn how to carve a pumpkin like a NASA engineer? Get tips and how to's, as well as see some...


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Land Challenge Participant Badge Citizen scientists from around the world submitted nearly 4,000 photos by the end of the 2018 Land Cover Challenge. The challenge took place from National Public Lands Day on September 22 to NASA’s 60 th Anniversary on October 1. People from 25 countries, representing all of the GLOBE regions, contributed their land cover observations.  Land scientists gathered together to thank the participants and congratulate the top observers in  the video  above. Because of a six-way tie, there were 11 top observers, who will...


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Our Land Challenge is finishing up and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. LAND CHALLENGE:  There are just a few days remaining in our Land Challenge -- ends October 1st (NASA's 60th anniversary). All participants will receive a virtual badge if they make an observation between now and October 1st.  The top 10 observers will receive a digital certificate and be recognized by name by a NASA scientist on GLOBE Observer social media.     More About the Challenge Preview the Badge General Video About the Land Cover Tool ...


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Using the technology inside your phone, you can help scientists classify land cover and track changes. Land cover is critical to many different processes on Earth and changes in land cover contribute to a community’s vulnerability to disasters like fire, floods or landslides. Credit: Autumn Burdick Starting this month, you can be part of a project to create more detailed satellite-based global maps of land cover by sharing photos of the world around you in a new NASA citizen science project. The project is a part of GLOBE Observer, a citizen science program that lets you...


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This land is our land.  A big release, new opportunities and more in this week's roundup. 1. ANNOUNCEMENT: Our team is proud to announce our newest and latest feature: Land Cover: Adopt a Pixel. With it, you can simply take photos of the land to help scientist make more detailed maps of our planet. Learn More 2. IMPACT:  Why is this important? The more information we have about our world, the better we can be prepared for and mitigate natural disasters such as fires and landslides. Learn more by downloading the GLOBE Observer app. Or if you have...


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Happy Anniversary to Us! It's been two years and in this week's roundup we are walking down memory lane. 1. ANNIVERSARY: Our team has grown and changed somewhat over the last two years. As has the app: We first started with one tool: Clouds (back in the fall of 2016). Then added the option of sky color and more to Clouds in March 2017.  Then came Mosquito Habitat Mapper in the spring of 2017.  Recently, The GLOBE Program and the GLOBE Observer app have joined with the Department of State to help in the fight against zika with the GLOBE Zika Education and...


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It's World Water Week. This and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: The above image shows clouds above Stockholm, Sweden's waterways. This week on GLOBE Observer social we are celebrating #WorldWaterWeek and will be featuring images of clouds near bodies of water as well as some science from the shore. Just search GLOBE Observer on either Facebook or Twitter to follow along, or simply click on the links below.    Facebook Twitter 2. THE WATER CYCLE:  Clouds, and the precipitation they provide, are an...


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Mosquitoes, disease prevention and citizen science.  This and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. WORLD MOSQUITO DAY: Monday is #WorldMosquitoDay. Follow along all this week on NASA GLOBE and The GLOBE Program's social media accounts for special footage and information about mosquitoes, and help in the fight against vector-borne diseases. 2. DID YOU KNOW:  Mosquitoes kill more people each year then all of the other deadly animals combined, and is in fact the deadliest animal on Earth.  This creature, by the spread of disease, kills over 725,000...


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The summer is just flying by. And it has been a hot one for many parts of the world. Fires, clouds and more in this week's edition of the roundup.   1. CALIFORNIA FIRES: Fires are blazing in California and causing large clouds: "The heat generated by intense wildfires can churn up towering pyrocumulus and pyrocumulonimbus clouds, which lift smoke above the boundary layer, the lowest part of the atmosphere. “The hotter a fire burns, the higher up smoke can go, and the farther it can spread,” explained Amber Soja, an atmospheric scientist with the National...


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It's been a busy time here at NASA GO and we have so many exciting things to share with you all this week. This and more in this week's edition of the roundup.   1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  Check out these interesting looking clouds and the color within. They are call "Glories." "If you have ever seen a series of concentric rings of color near a mist or fog, you have likely seen a glory. This colorful optical phenomenon, bright red on the outside and blue toward the center, forms when water droplets scatter sunlight back toward a source of light." Read...


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Give yourselves a pat on the back, citizen scientists! If the results from the  GLOBE Cloud Observation Challenge  between March 15 and April 15 are any indication, you certainly earned it. The number of observations the program received from cloud gazers around the world is staggering. During the month-long challenge period, GLOBE received just over 56,000 cloud observations from more than 15,000 locations in 99 countries on every continent, including icy Antarctica. This far surpassed GLOBE's last major influx of 19,000 cloud observations received for the Aug. 21,...


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The GLOBE Observer app is now enhanced with a number of new features and fixes. The recent update fixed several bugs, and reduced the download size of the app by about 50%. Additions included an "Opt-in" feature, new information links, an instruction graphic, and links that take you directly to the GLOBE Observer website and social media accounts.  The new "Opt in" feature allows users to receive personalized emails from NASA regarding their cloud observations. These NASA emails will contain the cloud observation matched to satellite data.  Besides this,...


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Celebrate #CitSciDay2018 with us all this week and learn about a few other citizen science projects that you can do with NASA.  This and more in this week's edition of the roundup.   1. CITIZEN SCIENCE:   The Citizen Science Association, SciStarter, and the Citizen Science Day Working Group are excited to present Citizen Science Day on Saturday April 14th, 2018! 2018 marks the third annual Citizen Science Day celebration.  "Citizen Science Day celebrates the work of citizen scientists and the diversity of citizen science projects across the world,...


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GLOBE’s Spring Cloud Challenge is reaching the half way mark, and we are seeing widespread participation. Observations from more than 24,000 locations have come in since March 15, providing thousands of cloud photos for NASA scientists. You still have two weeks to participate. The individuals who submit the most photos will be recognized on video by a NASA scientist. Want to join the challenge? Just download the GLOBE Observer app and start observing clouds. Here are some tips for taking the perfect GLOBE Observer cloud photo.   1. Landscape orientation Turn your phone...


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  During the GLOBE cloud observation challenge, citizen scientists of all ages can make up to 10 cloud observations per day using the GLOBE Observer app or one of the other data entry options (for trained GLOBE members). Credits: NASA/Jessica Taylor Editor's Note: This story comes from NASA Langley Research Center and was written by Joe Atkinson. It’s almost spring, the time of year when the looming change in seasons could lead to some pretty fascinating cloud activity in the sky. NASA and the GLOBE Program are asking for your help by taking part in a...


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Nor'easters, light dustings, rain, and chilly weather. We are still very much in winter. This and more in this week's edition of the roundup.   1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  " Much of the U.S. Midwest has received above normal precipitation this winter. A NASA rainfall analysis provided a look at the precipitation that contributed to current flooding." Read more in the below. Read More 2. NOR'EASTER: " NOAA's GOES 16 satellite viewed the the recent Nor'easter from space and saw it spinning off the Atlantic Northeast. This storm has hit the the East...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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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Happy New Year. Now that the holidays are winding down and it's time to start your new year's resolutions, why not resolve to get out of doors more? This and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: It could be snowy and cold where you live (areas of the Central Plains in the U.S. experienced a snowfall this past week) or perhaps it is unusually warm (parts of California have been experiencing temperatures in the 70s and 80s). Either way, get out of doors and explore the world around you. I guarantee that you will come away...


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Happy Holidays, everyone! Wishing you all wonderful times together with those you love -- this and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: Holiday lights, whether adorning a tree or a house, always add sparkle and excitement.  Did you know that during holiday times, satellites and astronauts can see those lights from space? "With a new look at daily data from the Suomi NPP satellite, a NASA scientist and colleagues have identified how patterns in nighttime light intensity change during major holiday seasons. According to the data,...


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Winter starts this week-- this and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: Snow and clouds can look similar from space, and this is part of the reason why we ask you to take measurements of the clouds from where you are on the surface of the Earth. Can you spot the snow in the above picture? How about the clouds? How can you tell? About the image: " Winter blasted the Eastern United States one day before winter’s solstice as chilly Arctic air swept over the region. The snow that fell over the northeast, in the mid-Atlantic states and across the...


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So many happenings to think about -- this and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: Several fires are currently raging in California (as of Thursday, December 7, 2017). Dry weather and seasonal Santa Ana winds caused prime conditions this past week.  Many have been affected, freeways have closed and air quality is terrible. Please keep the people of California in your thoughts.   Satellites up in space have also been viewing and monitoring the fires in California. "The Multi Spectral Imager (MSI) on the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2...


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How's the weather where you live? This and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: Satellites monitor our weather from space. "The NOAA satellite GOES-16 captured this geocolor image of Hurricane Irma passing the eastern end of Cuba at about 8:00 a.m. EDT on Sept. 8, 2017." More   2. WEATHER: What is weather anyway? "There are really a lot of components to weather. Weather includes sunshine, rain, cloud cover, winds, hail, snow, sleet, freezing rain, flooding, blizzards, ice storms, thunderstorms, steady rains from a cold front...


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Thanksgiving is just around the corner and we have a lot to be grateful for here at NASA GLOBE Observer. This and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. YOU:  We are grateful for citizen scientists just like you who support our understanding of the planet by observing on the ground. Thank you. Use and follow #ThanksCitiSci for more on how citizen science is making a difference in our world today. Not a citizen scientist? You can become one today by downloading the free NASA GLOBE Observer app.  See the links below Get the App Learn More 2....


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A cloud science launch and more in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. LAUNCH: The CERES instrument will launch on board the JPSS-1 satellite. This instrument has been anticipating launch all week, but due to winds has been unable to lift off. The next launch attempt will possibly be Saturday, November 18th.  CERES stands for   Clouds and the Earth's Radiant Energy System (CERES). Learn more about this mission in the entries below. But for starters: "What impact do clouds have on Earth’s climate? This is one of the most pressing scientific questions...


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We are excited to be part of Thursday’s Facebook Live event from the Goddard Spaceflight Center. We hope that we can excite people to collect the citizen science data needed to validate the satellite data that we sense from space.   Our DEVELOP team is working on a mosquito habitat suitability map for western Europe based on both citizen science observations and environmental data collected from satellites. You can’t see mosquitoes from space, so we look to the citizen science reports of mosquito habitats on the ground to verify the models created from satellite data. ...


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Halloween is just around the corner. (Doesn't the above image look like a jack-o-lantern?) A few tricks and treats for you in this week's edition of the roundup.  1. BLOODSUCKERS:   Hate to break it to you, but vampires are not real. However, blood-sucking mosquitoes are very real.  Help eradicate mosquito breeding sites through using NASA GLOBE Observer's Mosquito Habitat Mapper.  Download it and learn more today in the links below. Get the App Learn More 2. HOWL AT THE MOON: Well, I don't think this is the main event at International...


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Mosquito season is far from being over and for some parts of the world it is just beginning. This and more in this week's roundup. 1. VIDEO:   Mosquitoes sure are pesky little critters. So much that it is possible that there will be a new mosquito emoji added to social media and to your smart phone's emoji options -- look for that next summer. Recently, the Wild Center in New York created and shared a video on social media all about mosquitoes and what you can do to help prevent diseases. Check it out in the link below. (GLOBE Observer is featured at the end...


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NASA GLOBE Observer received the NASA Team Award.  This and more in this week's roundup. 1. GO TEAM:  NASA GLOBE Observer was presented with the NASA Team Award this last week. Way to GO team! You can read more about some of the team members by checking out our profiles section in the below. Profiles 2. ASTRONOMY:   With GLOBE Observer we ask you to make observations of the wold around you with a smart phone app. But how many of you are also space and astronomy buffs? I bet many of you are, and would be interested  to know that...


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Happy Earth Science Week, everyone. This and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK: It's Earth Science Week and t his year's theme is "Earth and Human Activity."  Did you know that the GLOBE Observer app can be used to gauge human activity and its affect on our atmosphere? When you make cloud observations, you also tell us what color the sky is and how clear the air is (visibility); this informs us about air quality.  Be sure and check out our Facebook and Twitter pages through October 14 for daily updates and information...


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Take to the skies in more ways than one. This and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  Make plans to join us live next week (Monday, October 9th) on Facebook from Albuquerque, New Mexico. NASA GLOBE Observer will be at the Balloon Fiesta and talking about aerosols and clouds with NASA scientist, Brent Holben. You may just spot a few balloons launching as we discuss the air around you. Remember aerosols are key to cloud formation, but too many aerosols closer to the ground can be bad for our health. So bad that NASA is sponsoring a competition...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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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...


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Learn how you can best be prepared to participate with NASA GO in this week's edition of the roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  You may be asking yourself: "What type of thermometer can I get to take part in the eclipse observation with GLOBE Observer?" Well, I have an answer for you. Any simple liquid filled thermometer will do the job.   The image above is of just one of the types of thermometers you can use to participate with NASA GO and the eclipse on August 21, 2017.  Of course, more advanced and complicated temperature measurement devices will also work....


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How's your summer going? How about that solar eclipse coming up in August? This and more in this week's roundup.   1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  The above is a screen grab of a special online interactive you can use to the explore the upcoming solar eclipse. "In this interactive, web-based 3D simulation, you can click anywhere on the Earth to preview your view of the August 21st, 2017 total eclipse. This will work in the web browser on your desktop or laptop, as well as on newer tablets and mobile phones, in either iOS or Android operating systems." ...


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Editor's Note: By Rani Gran and Kelsey Wright, NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Greenbelt, Md. The original article from NASA can be found, here . NASA invites eclipse viewers around the country to participate in a nationwide science experiment by collecting cloud and air temperature data and reporting it via their phones. The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment, or GLOBE, Program is a NASA-supported research and education program that encourages students and citizen scientists to collect and analyze environmental observations. GLOBE Observer is...


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The eclipse is coming, National Moon Day and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  The above is an image of a past total solar eclipse moving across the South Pacific Ocean on March 9, 2016 . Do you see the shadow of the Moon on the surface of the Earth? Read More 2. GREAT MOMENTS:   The Moon is going to take center stage next month.  Get ready for the August  21 total solar eclipse by checking out our eclipse page on this website and learn how you can participate as a citizen scientist.  It also...


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Clouds, mosquitoes and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  This image from just about 12 years ago (11 July 2005), shows a map of the Earth and its global cloud cover. It is based largely on observations by the MODIS sensor on the NASA Terra satellite. "The interaction between atmospheric circulation in the tropics and sub-tropics and cloud structure is highly correlated. Interestingly, changes in the circulation and the consequent shifts of cloud cover lead to differing warming/cooling effects in the northern and southern hemispheres ..."...


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Educators in Brazil use the Mosquito Habitat Mapper to sample mosquito larvae in a tire track puddle.  Editor's Note: This article was originally published on www.nasa.gov. You can read the original article, here: https://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-citizen-science-app-tackles-mosquito-borne-disease In many parts of the world, mosquitoes are more than just a summertime nuisance. They spread diseases that kill nearly 2.7 million people a year. Now citizen scientists can use a NASA app to help those working to understand and reduce mosquito-borne diseases. NASA has...


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This summer is going to be an exciting one for citizen scientists. This and more in this week's roundup. 1. IMAGE OF THE WEEK:  The above is an image of a past total eclipse of the sun. On 21 August the sun will be eclipsed by the moon. This eclipse will be visible to all residents of the United States.  And if you live in the path of totality you will be able to experience a total solar eclipse. This could be a once in a lifetime event -- one you will not want to miss.  To learn more and how to protect your eyes while viewing the eclipse...


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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.