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Our universe may be filled with unseen giants. Astronomers have discovered two giant radio galaxies, which are some of the largest-known objects in the universe. This revelation suggests that the enormous galaxies may be more common than previously believed. The study published Monday in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society. Astronomers found the two galaxies in new radio maps that were created using the MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa. Radio galaxies, which can be quite common, are brightest in radio wavelengths of light. Centaurus A is a...


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Para mi primer post del 2021, quiero compartir acerca del increíble trabajo de nuestro amigo Mike Jabot y sus colegas. Conversé con Mike hace un par de semanas, y me enteré de que él ha participado en un proyecto colaborativo entre la Nación Séneca y USDA Northeast Climate Hub. El proyecto se llama “Conectando a la juventud a el agua cambiante”. A través de este proyecto, los jóvenes han participado en oportunidades de aprendizaje a la vez que ayudan a una granja a reintroducir cultivos nativos conocidos como las “tres hermanas” (maíz, frijoles, y calabaza). Los jóvenes aprendieron a...


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For my first post in 2021, I want to share about the amazing work performed by our friend Mike Jabot and his colleagues. I conversed with Mike a couple weeks ago, and I learned that he participated in a joint project between the Seneca Nation and the USDA Northeast Climate Hub called, “Connecting Youth to the Changing Water”. Through this project, the youth were engaged in learning opportunities while helping the farm reintroduce native crops known as the “three sisters” (corn, beans, and squash). The youth learned about planting, harvesting, and storing the crops. While working on their...


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In May 2020, citizen scientist Carmen Mandel met two major milestones: she marked her one-year anniversary of being a GLOBE Observer and she single-handedly expanded the Clouds satellite match data by 36%. Carmen uses GLOBE Observer to record clouds 2-3 times daily every time she gets a notification that a NASA satellite is overhead. She sends her data to GLOBE, but then she records her observation in her own clouds journal. When she receives an email from NASA Langley Research Center matching her observation to satellite data, she adds that to her journal as well. On...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Data Included Earth System Science General Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Clouds Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Scientists Students

Definitivamente este ha sido un año complicado; sin embargo, también pasaron cosas muy buenas. Me siento agradecida por la oportunidad de unirme a un grupo de gente súper trabajadora, creativa y apasionada de alrededor del mundo. He aprendido mucho de mis compañeros del equipo de diversidad, equidad e inclusión de GLOBE durante este año, y estoy emocionada de continuar nuestro trayecto, trabajando juntos para ayudar a que GLOBE sea una comunidad más acogedora cada día. Más que verlos como colegas, ¡considero a cada miembro de el equipo de GLOBE DEI como parte de mi familia! Este año,...


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This has definitely been a tough year, but very good things also happened! I feel grateful for the opportunity to join a group of hard-working, creative, and passionate people from around the world. My fellow members of the GLOBE Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force have taught me a lot this year, and I look forward to continuing our journey, working together to help make GLOBE a more welcoming community every day. More than colleagues, I consider each member of the GLOBE DEI team, as part of my family! This year, I also witnessed the commitment and the dedication of GLOBE teachers...


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Have you ever wondered what happens after you press submit on your International Virtual Science Symposium (IVSS) report? The GLOBE Implementation Office (GIO) Education team gets to work! Ok, that might be a little misleading because work on the IVSS already started back in August when we started planning for the 2021 IVSS. And while learning about planning webinars and recruiting judges might be something you are interested in; this is not what this blog post will cover. This is the “story” of what happens after teachers upload their students’ projects and press the big blue SUBMIT...


Posted in: News Topics: Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers Student Research Reports: International Virtual Science Symposium Report

Images taken by Wilson Bentley and property of the Jericho Historical Society.  Did you know that clouds have names? As the title of the GLOBE Elementary book says, clouds do have names. Those names describe the altitude and the appearance of the cloud. Cumulus means pile in Latin, so the name is used to describe low puffy clouds in the sky. Cirrus means locks of hair, and is used to describe those thin wispy clouds found high up in the sky. Some people think that nimbus is a type of cloud, but it is not. It is an affix, or a word that works as a prefix or a suffix. The affix nimbus...


Posted in: Curriculum: Assessment and Evaluation GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: Community Letters Primary Audience: Alumni

Lectures, lessons, and learning opportunities of all kinds are available online these days… luckily, air quality investigations can be, too! Publically available sources of air quality data, which can be accessed any time and anywhere, can be used in conjunction with or in lieu of the GLOBE Aerosols Protocol for students and teachers participating in the US Air Quality Student Research Campaign. This blog post will introduce a website which can be used to conduct air quality investigations with a ground-based instrument, called the PurpleAir. The PurpleAir is a small, commercially...


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Lectures, lessons, and learning opportunities of all kinds are available online these days… luckily, air quality investigations can be, too! Publically available sources of air quality data, which can be accessed any time and anywhere, can be used in conjunction with or in lieu of the GLOBE Aerosols Protocol for students and teachers participating in the US Air Quality Student Research Campaign. This blog post will introduce a website called AerosolWatch, an online access point for satellite-based observations of aerosols, and factors that affect air quality (such as smoke and dust). ...


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The big announcement this month was that we made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 Student Research Symposia. We have some other activities that we will working on instead, which will support the IVSS and SRS into the future! In other news, I attended a couple virtual multi-day meetings and had lots of resources cross my desk. Some of those are listed below. I look forward to 2021 and the close of 2020. It has been a rough year but kindness abounds and teachers are amazing in supporting students throughout this public health crisis – they inspire me each day. Peace to all of the...


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Ever wonder what it might be like to work for NASA? This year at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Annual Meeting (kind of like a huge IVSS as it is virtual this year), NASA shared a wealth of resources to help anyone interested in working with or for NASA to "find their place"! Take a look at this site and explore the myriad of amazing opportunities and programs that exist for a wide variety of different audiences. These programs range from research and learning opportunities to  being engaged by being a part of The GLOBE Program! So check out the "Find Your Place" website here...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Language Culture and Arts Science and Math Technology STEM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Field Campaigns: FLEXE SCRC SCUBAnauts Seasons and Biomes Watersheds Carbon Cycle GGIC SCRC - Phase 1 SCRC - Phase 2 SMAP El Niño Surface Temperature GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate Climate Change Data Included General Science General Science @es Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills Meetings/Conferences GLOBE Working Groups: Evaluation Working Group Science Working Group Education Working Group Technology Working Group DEI Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Hydrosphere Earth As a System Pedosphere (Soil) Biosphere Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate Earth as a System Hydrology Land Cover/Biology Soil News Topics: Meetings SCRC Research Training Virtual Science Fair Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers Student Research Reports: Standard Research Report International Virtual Science Symposium Report U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) Mission Earth Report Mission Mosquito Report Teacher's Guide: Grade Level Investigation Area Documents

It snowed at my house in Michigan last week, the first week of December 2020. I love snow and I really like to see how snow affects the surface temperature. Between 60 and 80 mm of snow was on the ground. I took surface temperature observations as part of the Urban Heat Island Student Research Campaign. I wanted to show what you could do by yourself at your house if you have an infrared thermometer. My two sites are my backyard which is grass and the gravel driveway in the front of our house. The backyard has a line of Black Spruce trees just south of where I am standing in the picture....


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Surface Temperature

Did you know that your pace is a vital part of taking observations of tree height and land cover? A pace is a unit of length consisting either of one normal walking step, or of a double step, returning to the same foot, your dominant foot.  Pacing Image above courtesy of Rothwell-Osnabruch K-12 School - Ontario, Canada The NASA GLOBE Observer Trees Tool uses your height to estimate your step length, which it then uses to estimate the distance to the tree, but you can also measure your pace directly, which will make your tree height measurements more accurate. Want to learn how...


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El 11 de noviembre, un educador muy dinámico presentó un webinar de GLOBE IVSS único. Alejandro Mundo es un geofísico, maestro de ciencias en Kingsbridge International High School en el Bronx, NY, y también educador de CCRI. La Iniciativa de Investigación de Cambio Climático (CCRI por sus siglas en inglés) es una oportunidad de STEM que dura un año, que le permite a educadores a y a estudiantes de posgrado el trabajar directamente con científicos de la NASA y dirigir equipos de investigación en proyectos del Instituto Goddard de Estudios Espaciales (GISS por sus siglas en inglés), en la...


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WOOHOO! It’s time to celebrate! The NASA GLOBE Observer just had its 25,000th citizen science tree height observation. The observation came in on November 30, 2020 from Corvallis, Oregon. Since the release of the NASAGO Trees Tool on March 26, 2019, there has been an average of 40 tree height observations taken per day across the GLOBE Program participant countries. Do you want to take tree height observations too? Check out https://observer.globe.gov/do-globe-observer/trees. Your tree height observations are so important to science research and exploration: - Tree height is...


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Scientists are wondering what is happening over Antarctica and where are the noctilucent clouds. Noctilucent clouds or polar mesospheric clouds are the highest occurring cloud types (form about 50 miles or 80 Km above the Earth's surface). They form in the Mesosphere and are thin clouds made up of ice crystals that form from left over fine dust from meteors. Because they are so high up in the sky, you see them when the sun is low or almost nighttime. The form during the summer months over the north and south poles. That is when it is coldest that high up in the sky (in the...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Earth As a System Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers

  The Chang'e-5 robotic mission landed a few hours ago on lunar soil and aims to collect samples of rock and dust to bring them back to Earth. The venture targets a site called Mons Rümker, a volcanic complex in a nearby region known as Oceanus Procellarum.The spacecraft's landing module should spend the next few days examining its surroundings and gathering materials from the lunar surface.The intention is to pack about 2 kilos of materials, which will then be sent to a module that can transport the samples to Earth. It has been 44 years since that same goal was last achieved. This...


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Fall is a whirlwind of virtual meetings! We had the GLOBE North American Regional Meeting in mid-October and I attended some of the sessions of the GLOBE Europe and Eurasia Regional Meeting. I guess that is one positive from the move to virtual meetings; it opens the opportunity to attend if you cannot travel. Some things that came across my desk this month… Grant opportunity for Maryland schools: https://cbtrust.org/grants/environmental-education/ National Monitoring Conference (virtual) April 19-24, 2021 The documentary The Condor and the Eagle. 100Kin10 Report on achieving equity...


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On November 11, a very dynamic educator provided a one-of-a-kind GLOBE IVSS webinar. Alejandro Mundo is a geophysicist, a science teacher at Kingsbridge International High School in Bronx, NY, and a CCRI educator. The Climate Change Research Initiative (CCRI) is a year-long STEM engagement opportunity for educators and graduate students to work directly with NASA scientists and lead research teams in a NASA research project at NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS), in New York City. Alejandro and his team have been working on a project entitled “Earth Observation Applications...


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Este año, la Oficina de Implementación de GLOBE (GIO, por sus siglas en inglés), condujo la Reunión Regional de Norte América (NARM, por sus siglas en inglés), de forma 100% virtual, del 19 al 22 de octubre. El equipo de planeación de NARM incluyó consideraciones de diversidad, equidad e inclusión en la planeación de este evento. Por ejemplo, la reunión contó con subtítulos en vivo para la mayoría de las sesiones y con subtítulos también en las grabaciones de las pláticas relámpago y de las bienvenidas de los patrocinadores. El equipo también se aseguró de invitar a un grupo diverso de...


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The GLOBE Implementation Office (GIO) held the North American Regional Meeting (NARM) 100% virtually this year from 19 – 22 October 2020. The NARM Planning Team included diversity, equity and inclusion considerations in the planning of this event. Several aspects of this included offering live Closed Captioning for most sessions and pre-captioned recordings of Lightning Talks and Sponsor welcomes; soliciting a diverse team of speakers; providing guidelines to speakers to help them consider presentation needs for a diverse audience; creating a Zoom How-To Guide; and asking participants in...


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The newest satellite to monitor global sea level is ready for its journey into space. Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, the latest in a series of spacecraft designed to monitor the global ocean, is scheduled to launch on Saturday, Nov. 21. Will you be watching?  Sentinel-6 Michael Freilich, the latest in a series of spacecraft designed to monitor our oceans, is scheduled to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in central California on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2020. The satellite will be followed in 2025 by its twin, Sentinel-6B. Together, the pair is tasked with extending our nearly...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Science and Math Technology STEM Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Field Campaigns: Seasons and Biomes Watersheds El Niño GPM GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Climate Change Data Included General Science Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills GLOBE Working Groups: Science Working Group Education Working Group Technology Working Group DEI Working Group Investigation Areas: Atmosphere Atmosphere » Water Vapor Earth As a System Atmosphere » Precipitation Hydrosphere » Water Temperature Biosphere » Green-Up / Green-Down Biosphere » Land Cover Classification Learning Activities: Earth as a System » S2: What Are Some Factors That Affect Seasonal Patterns? Earth as a System » S4: Modeling the Reasons for Seasonal Change Earth as a System » S5: Seasonal Change on Land and Water Earth as a System » LC2: Representing the study site in a diagram Earth as a System » LC3: Using graphs to show connections Earth as a System » We're All Connected: Earth System Interactions Earth as a System » S3: How Do Seasonal Temp Patterns Vary Among Different World Regions? Hydrology » Water Walk Hydrology » Model a Catchment Basin Hydrology » Practicing Your Protocols Hydrology » Water Detectives Hydrology » Model Your Water Balance Hydrology » Measure Up Hydrology » Water Wonders Primary Audience: Alumni Country Coordinators Partners Scientists Students Teachers Trainers Student Research Reports: Standard Research Report U.S. Student Research Symposia (SRS) Mission Earth Report Mission Mosquito Report

Even with the pandemic, participation the campaign has been good. Although the number of schools participating and the total number of observations was down from last year, it was still a nice number of each. So far this fall (Northern Hemisphere) spring (Southern Hemisphere) there have been over 3,500 observations from 135 sites (70 schools) across the world. Please see the list below. There are a number of schools in Saudi Arabia with over 100 observations. We also have observations from Brazil and an area of India where there are six new schools taking part in the urban heat island...


Posted in: Field Campaigns: Surface Temperature

Santa Fe Indian School Café Scientifique presents Marilé Colón Robles, a NASA scientists to share how you can become a citizen scientist and help NASA Learn how to do cloud observations with: Marilé Colón Robles, Project Scientist for NASA Globe Clouds CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Café Description: Marilé Colón Robles, Project Scientist for NASA GLOBE Clouds Science Systems and Applications, Inc. will be presenting information about cloud and aerosol data that NASA uses and how you as a citizen scientist can help in the collection of this data. Please register to the event using your school...


Posted in: Curriculum: Education Research Language Culture and Arts Science and Math STEM GLOBE Science Topics: Backyard Science Climate Climate Change General Science Earth as a System Earth System Science Scientist Skills Learning Activities: Atmosphere and Climate News Topics: Calendar Primary Audience: Students

Estamos emocionados de iniciar un nuevo blog resaltando las historias de miembros de GLOBE y su compromiso para ayudar a GLOBE a convertirse en una comunidad cada vez más acogedora, diversa, equitativa e incluyente. Si tú quieres compartir acerca de tus esfuerzos para hacer GLOBE más acogedor e inclusivo, ¡asegúrate de usar la categoría de “Diversidad, Equidad e Inclusión” en tus posts! Yo me llamo Rosalba Giarratano y soy originaria de la Ciudad de México. Actualmente vivo en la Ciudad de Nueva York con mi esposo y nuestro hijo. Trabajo para el Instituto de Estudios Espaciales Goddard, o...


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            Two weeks ago, I attended the ESRI Ocean, Weather and Climate (OWC) Forum. This Forum featured over 30 speakers across two half-days in the forms of lightning talks, keynote speakers and software demos. It was illuminating to see such a wide range of uses and projects with ESRI’s ArcGIS software within the Ocean, Weather and Climate realms. The demos shared some advanced mapping and Geographic Information System (GIS) opportunities within the ArcGIS Pro software. ArcGIS Pro is ESRI’s desktop paid application and has a...


Posted in: GLOBE Science Topics: Climate Earth System Science Investigation Areas: Hydrosphere

Spent quite a bit of time working on upgrading the software which runs the www.globe.gov website. The new environment went live on 11/16/2020. Although it may not look too different, behind the scenes a lot has changed. It also gives us some new capabilities and features in a more secure environment.  We'll be advertising and using these new features in the time ahead.  Hope all works well for you! ​​​​​​​      


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So far, I have not encountered any significant errors.  I have only seen a few minor issues.  Whooo Hooo!


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