NASA wants your help checking its satellites — so send in your cloud pics


NASA wants your help checking its satellites

NASA all cloud gazers are snapping photos of the sky and asking them to share with Space Agency through an application. The need for citizen science projects to check the information of six world observation devices on different satellites. And it can probably make #CloudTwitter incredibly happy.

These devices are part of a project called Cloud and Earth’s Rising Energy Systems (CERES), which helps to better understand the roles that other aspects play in global climate change. Clouds, however, are sometimes hard to detect from high up. For example, according to NASA, the thin, intelligent Cyrus cloud, the most common type of high cloud, is difficult to spot against a background of snow. That’s why satellite observations need to be compared with observation from the ground. Therefore, the cloud monitoring challenge.

If you want to participate, the easiest way is to download the GLOBE Observer app, which provides step-by-step instructions for submitting your Cloud Photos. For example, the application asks you to paint everything from the sky (from deep blue to pale blue), from visibility (unusually clear to very slow), obviously, what kind of clouds do you see. The app can help to detect fluff in the sky, which has some sky images, but you have plenty of online cloud ID charts to choose from and if you snap a picture at the same time that a satellite with CERES devices is turning on your head (you can also check it on the app ), NASA will email you space-based monitoring to compare you.

The Space Agency is now launching challenges because the spring leads to some pretty interesting cloud activity. Winter storms are a result of the summer season change and NASA will have to deal check data from a particular CERES device launched in November 2017 and begin measuring in early 2018.

You have to submit 10 cloud photos every day up to 15th. If you spot the apocalyptic asperitas cloud – the latest, terrible addition to the International Cloud Atlas – please let us know.


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