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An artist concept of the spacecraft. The microwave instruments on board NOAA-N Prime are so sensitive that they can see Earth's surface through clouds. NOAA-N Prime will deliver essential atmospheric and surface parameters to use in scientific forecast models. N Prime provides essential critical information for creating accurate weather forecasts 2-3 days in advance. Note: Beauty pass of the NOAA-N Prime satellite. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Silvia Stoyanova (UMBC)....
Topics: Atmospheric science, Climate, Geology, HDTV, Human geography, Hurricane, Natural hazards, Remote...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10373
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center- Conceptual Image Lab
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This animation shows a magnetospheric substorm, during which the reconnection causes energy to be rapidly released along the field lines causing the auroras to brighten. Note: Earth's magnetic field lines including plasma. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Aurora, HDTV, Magnetic Reconnection, Solar Wind, Space Weather, THEMIS, What -- THEMIS
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10104
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, The SeaWiFS Project and ORBIMAGE, Conceptual Image Lab. NOTE: All SeaWiFS images and data presented on this web site are for research and educational use only. All commercial use of SeaWiFS data must be coordinated with ORBIMAGE (http://www.orbimage.com).
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Deep Water Feast: Upwellings Bring Nutrients to The Surface- Large phytoplankton blooms tend to coincide with natural phenomena that drive cold, nutrient-rich water to the surface. The process is called upwelling. Here's what's happening: winds coming off principal land masses push surface layers of water away from the shore. Into the resulting wind-driven void deeper water underneath the surface layers rushes in toward the coast, bringing with it nutrients for life to bloom. It's different on...
Topics: Byrne, Coastal Water, Earth Science, El Nino, Gonnelli, La Nina, Ocean, Phytoplankton Blooms, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10019
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Conceptual Image Lab, NASA/STScI, NASA
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Instruments added during SM4 will greatly expand the scientific power of the Hubble Space Telescope, putting Hubble at the 'apex' of its capabilities, adding improvement factors of 10-70 times in certain key performance areas.
Topics: Hubble Space Telescope, HST, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Apex, Where -- Goddard...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10318
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, Conceptual Image Lab
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THEMIS (Time History of Events and Microscale Interactions durind Substorms) answers fundamental outstanding questions regarding the magnetospheric substorm instability, a dominant mechanism of transport and explosive release of solar wind energy within Geospace. THEMIS will elucidate which magnetotail process is responsible for substorm onset at the region where substorm auroras map (~10Re): (i) a local disruption of the plasma sheet current or (ii) that current's interaction with the rapid...
Topics: Aurora, HDTV, Magnetic Reconnection, Solar Wind, THEMIS, What -- THEMIS, Where -- California
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10103
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab, Scientific Visualization Studio
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Abnormal sea surface temperatures (SST) in the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean played a strong role in the 1930s dust bowl drought. Scientists used SST data acquired from old ship records to create starting conditions for the computer models. They let the model run on its own, driven only by the observed monthly global sea surface temperatures. The model was able to reconstruct the Dust Bowl drought quite closely, providing strong evidence that the Great Plains dry spell originated with abnormal...
Topics: Byrne, Drought, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Sea Surface Temperature, What -- SST, What -- Earth, Where...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10032
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab, Model Data from Opher, et al. 2006
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As of August 30, 2007, NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft has followed its twin Voyager 1 into the solar system's final frontier, a vast region at the edge of our solar system where the solar wind runs up against the thin gas between the stars. Note: Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 headed on different paths out of the Solar System toward interstellar space. Traveling at different speeds and in different directions, Voyager 1 encountered the termination shock at 94 astronomical units (AU) and Voyager 2...
Topics: Heliosphere, Solar System, Heliopause, Voyager, What -- Voyager 1, What -- Voyager 2, What --...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10181
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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Carbon And The Ocean -- The Slow Cycle - The oceans are vast, and their processes as complex as their waters are deep.Phytoplankton absorbs carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and nutrient rich waters and grows in wide colonies called blooms. These blooms are highly dependent on surrounding environmental conditions. As phytoplankton grows, it forms the foundation for the food chain, thus passing carbon up to higher life forms. But just as on land, links in the ocean's chain of life also break,...
Topics: Atmosphere, Byrne, Carbon Absorption, Carbon Ocean Cycle, Carbon Release, Carbon Reserve, Carbon...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10007
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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POES spacecraft shown in 3 beauty shots. Additionally shown with cloud, fire, snow and temperature data sets in a registered form. Note: Poes in the sunlight Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topic: Ocean, Water, NOAA
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10296
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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Still images from the animation series in print resolution, suitable for framing. Note: print2 Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Stefanie Misztal (UMBC).
Topics: Atmospheric science, Clouds, Earth Science, Atmosphere, Clouds, AIM, Noctilucent Clouds, Wallpaper,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10320
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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Experts now estimate that Tamarisk (saltcedar) has infested more than 3.3 million acres in the western United States. Tamarisk is one of our most harmful invasive species because the plant's long roots tap into underground aquifers. Its groundwater-absorbing qualities may be adding to the severity of the drought in the western U.S. NASA and the USGS are working together to develop a National Invasive Species Forecasting System (ISFS) for the management and control of invasive species. The ISFS...
Topics: Earth Science, Biosphere, Ecological Dynamics, Invasive Species, What -- Earth, Where -- United...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10097
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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Note: This is a conceptual animation showing how polar ice reflects light from the sun. As this ice begins to melt, less sunlight gets reflected into space. It is instead absorbed into the oceans and land, raising the overall temperature, and fueling further melting. Animator: Susan Twardy (HTSI), Cindy Starr (GST).
Topics: Cryology, HDTV, Earth Science, Cryosphere, Glaciers/Ice Sheets, Ice Sheets, Earth Science,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10160
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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The Solar Occultation For Ice Experiment (SOFIE) instrument uses solar occultation to measure cloud particles, temperature and atmospheric gases involved in forming the noctilucent clouds studied by the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) spacecraft. The instrument will reveal the recipe of chemicals that prompt formation of polar mesospheric clouds. It will provide the most accurate and comprehensive look to date of ice particles and chemicals within the clouds as well as of the...
Topics: Atmospheric science, HDTV, Earth Science, Atmosphere, Clouds, Cloud Types, What -- Aeronomy of Ice...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10115
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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The X-ray spectrographic imager observed a serendipitous gamma-ray burst. Note: RHESSI observes a gamma-ray burst Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Space science, What -- Imager, What -- RHESSI
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10036
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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TRMM provides a closer look at hurricanes using a unique combination of passive and active microwave instruments designed to peer inside cloud systems and measure rainfall. TRMM allows scientists to study the combustion process in the hurricane engine and relate this process to intensification or weakening. Cloud Growth - The release of latent heat warms the surrounding air, making it lighter, which promotes more vigorous cloud development. It is suspected that rapid bursts of cloud growth,...
Topics: Clouds, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Hurricane, What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM),...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10051
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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HST spacecraft imaging the lunar surface Note: HST Looks at the Moon Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: HDTV, Moon, Hubble Space Telescope, HST, What -- Hubble Space Telescope (HST), What -- Moon
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10294
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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A group of four spacecraft make up the Con-X observatory working in unison to peer into black holes. Note: A single Constellation X spacecraft joins the other three in search of black holes. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: HDTV, X-ray, Black Hole, Constellation, Dark Matter, What -- Constellation
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10291
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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A close-up view of a STEREO satellite. Note: STEREO as seen fom Earth's orbit Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Scientist: Therese Kucera (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: STEREO.
Topics: HDTV, Space science, Sun, What -- STEREO A, What -- STEREO, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10062
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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A close-up view of the SORCE satellite in orbit. Note: A close-up view of the SORCE satellite in orbit. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Solar Radiation, Earth Science, Atmosphere, Atmospheric Radiation, Solar Irradiance, Earth Science,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10080
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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Stills from the animation series, suitable for framing. Note: Cloudsat Print #1 Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: Clouds, Cloudsat, What -- CloudSat
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10315
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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Animation shows the viewing path of an angular eclipse in June of 2002 Note: The shadow of the Moon projects on the Earth as a dark penumbra and an even darker umbra. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Solar Eclipse, What -- Moon, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10075
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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A closeup view highlighting LRO's instrumentation - pulling away to reveal the spacecraft's track over the moon Note: This animation is a close-up view highlighting spacecraft instrumentation - pulling away to reveal LRO's track over the moon. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Andrew Freeberg (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: LRO.
Topics: Beauty Shot, HDTV, Lunar, Moon, Satellite, Spacecraft, LRO, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, What --...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10272
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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A sucessor to TRMM, GPM will monitor global precipitation in various forms using a fleet of spacecraft, networked ground stations and integrated data processing centers. Note: GPM crossing the globe as it passes out of darkness Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Michael Starobin (HTSI).
Topics: GPM, Global Warming, HDTV, Precipitation, Water, What -- Tropical Rainfall Measuring Mission (TRMM)
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10293
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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Violent events on the Sun can trigger waves much the same as earthquakes can trigger tsunamis on the Earth. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Solar Flare, Space science, Sun, What -- Sun, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10041
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Winds Of Death - It is the strong east to west winds that sustain La Nina. The winds cause cool waters to rise to the surface from the ocean depths. When the winds diminish, the supply of cool water is cut off and the ocean begins to warm. Note: This is the standard definition version of the La Nina Retreat animation MPEG. Animator: Susan Twardy (HTSI). Scientist: David Adamec (NASA/GSFC).
Topics: Earth Science, Gonnelli, La Nina, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10048
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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STEREO A gets a final boost in velocity with a gravity-assist by the Earth. Note: Stereo: Earth Flyby Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Scientist: Therese Kucera (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: STEREO.
Topics: Space science, Sun, What -- STEREO A, What -- Earth, What -- STEREO, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10063
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GRO spacecraft burns up in Earth's atmosphere Note: Gro burns up Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topic: Gamma Ray, Gamma Ray Observatory
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10305
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Comet Encke data from STEREO Note: Comet Encke Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Angelos Vourlidas (NRL).
Topics: HDTV, What -- STEREO
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10177
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Three Contributing Factors for Rainfall Inhibition - Dust is only one of three types of aerosols which can inhibit rainfall. Previous studies have shown that aerosols from biomass burning (i.e. burning of plant material such as forests, grasslands, and agricultural waste) and aerosols from man-made pollution also contribute to disturbing the rainfall process. This animation highlights the power of these three factors vs. the normal conditions of the rainfall process. In this virtual world, a...
Topics: Aerosols, Byrne, Dust, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Pollution, Rainfall, Soot, Earth Science,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10027
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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This animation starts at our Sun and quickly zooms out through the solar system to reveal the Heliosphere and the Heliopause where Voyager I passed through in November 2003. Note: Heliopause movie Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Eric Christian Ph.D. (NASA/HQ). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: Voyager.
Topics: Galaxy, Heliosphere, Interstellar medium, Sun, Solar System, Heliopause, Voyager, What -- Sun, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10149
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During the summer melt season, melt water accumulates in undulations on the surface of the Greenland ice sheet. Eventually, these melt lakes drain through crevasses or moulins (tunnels under the ice sheet surface), delivering water to the bottom of the ice sheet. This melt water lubricates the interface between the ice and the bedrock, causing the ice to flow faster toward the sea during summer. As summer melt increases and more melt water is available, the greater its effect on summer ice...
Topics: HDTV, Where -- Greenland
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10153
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SDO is designed to help us understand the Sun's influence on Earth and Near-Earth space by studying the solar atmosphere on small scales of space and time and in many wavelengths simultaneously. Note: This animation of the Solar Dynamics Observatory shows it above the earth as it faces toward the Sun. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI), Ryan Zuber (UMBC). Scientist: William D. Pesnell (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: SDO.
Topics: HDTV, Spacecraft, Sun, SDO, What -- Earth, What -- Solar Dynamics Observatory, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10162
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The Earth's layers of atmosphere differ in chemical composition and temperature. They combine to create a protective sheild that maintains our delicate energy balance essential for life on Earth. Most weather occures in the nearest layer, the troposphere (0-7 miles). The stratosphere is the level where jet airliners fly and the ozone layer resides (7-30 miles). Beyond that is the coldest part of the atmosphere, the mesosphere where only large helium balloons fly (30-50 miles). Finally, the...
Topics: Atmosphere, Byrne, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Layers, What -- Earth, What -- TIMED
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10014
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The Earth's layers of atmosphere differ in chemical composition and temperature. They combine to create a protective sheild that maintains our delicate energy balance essential for life on Earth. Most weather occures in the nearest layer, the troposphere (0-7 miles). The stratosphere is the level where jet airliners fly and the ozone layer resides (7-30 miles). Beyond that is the coldest part of the atmosphere, the mesosphere where only large helium balloons fly (30-50 miles). Finally, the...
Topics: Atmospheric science, Earth Science, Atmosphere, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10015
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Normal rainfall droplet creation involves water vapor condensing on particles in clouds. The droplets eventually coalesce together to form drops large enough to fall to Earth. However, as more and more pollution particles (aerosols) enter a rain cloud, the same amount of water becomes spread out. These smaller water droplets float with the air and are prevented from coalescing and growing large enough for a raindrop. Thus, the cloud yields less rainfall over the course of its liftime compared...
Topics: Aerosols, Byrne, Clouds, Condensation, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Pollution, Raindrop, Rainfall, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10010
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As part of the ocean conveyor belt, warm water from the tropical Atlantic moves poleward near the surface where it gives up some of its heat to the atmosphere. This process partially moderates the cold temperatures at higher latitudes. As the warm water gives up its heat it becomes more dense and sinks. This circulation loop is closed as the cooled water makes its way slowly back toward the tropics at lower depths in the ocean. If the poles warm, it is possible that melt water from glaciers and...
Topics: Byrne, Climate, Earth Science, Global Warming, Gonnelli, Ice Age, Ocean Currents, What -- Polar,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10031
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Heating Up the Atmosphere (Animation) - When soot absorbs sunlight, it heats the air and reduces the amount of sunlight reaching the ground, cooling the Earth's surface. The heated air makes the atmosphere unstable, creating rising air (convection) that forms clouds and brings rainfall to regions that are heavily polluted. The increase of rising air is balanced by an increase in sinking air (subsidence) and drying. When air sinks, clouds and thus rain, cannot form creating dry conditions. Soot...
Topics: Atmosphere, Byrne, Carbon, Clouds, Convection, Earth Science Conceptual, Gonnelli, Pollution, Rain,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10003
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Black soot may contribute to melting glaciers and other ice on the planet and eventually a warmer Earth. Traveling potentially thousands of miles from its sources on air currents, this pollution eventually settles out of the air, onto land and into the oceans. On ice and snow, it darkens normally bright surfaces. Just as a white shirt keeps a person cooler in the summer than a black shirt, the vast stretches of polar ice covering much of the planet's top and bottom reflect large amounts of...
Topics: Byrne, Earth Science, Global Warming, Gonnelli, Ice Albedo, Pollution, Reflectance, Reflectivity,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10023
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A burst of fast material from the Sun generates magnetic reconnection events in the Earth's magnetic field. This eventually sends high-speed electrons and protons into the Earth's upper atmosphere to form aurora. Note: View the impact of a coronal mass ejection against the Earth's magnetic field. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: 3D Unstructured-mesh Magnetosphere Simulation.
Topics: Aurora, Coronal Mass Ejection, Electron, Geomagnetic Field, Magnetic Fields, Magnetosphere, Space...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10059
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MEDIUM RAINDROP ANIMATION - Interestingly, the splash of a medium sized raindrop does not trap bubbles underwater and is consequently quiet, much quieter than small raindrops. The only acoustic signal from these drops is a weak impact sound as it hits the ocean surface. The following animation is first simulated as a real-time raindrop and then slowed to demonstrate how it does not make a bubble under the water. Note: This is the standard definition version of the Medium Raindrop animation...
Topics: Earth Science, Gonnelli, Precipitation, Rain, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10053
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LARGE RAINDROP ANIMATION - For large and very large raindrops, the splash becomes energetic enough to create a wide range of bubble sizes trapped underwater, which produces a loud sound relatively low in frequency. The following animation is first simulated as a real-time large raindrop, and then slowed down to demonstrate the distinct sound of impact and the subsequent ring of the lower frequency sound made by the bubble. Note: This is the standard definition version of the Large Raindrop...
Topics: Earth Science, Gonnelli, Precipitation, Rain, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10054
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The aerosonde will make continuous observation of the temperature, moisture, and wind structure of the near-surface hurricane environment providing real-time detailed observations to NOAA forecasters. Aerosonde and its sophisticated instruments will try to detect signals of rapid intensity changes in the hurricane. Enhancing this predictive capability would not only save our economy billions of dollars, but more importantly, it would save countless lives. Note: This animation illustrates the...
Topics: Atmospheric science, Gonnelli, HDTV, Hurricane, Natural hazards, Earth Science, Atmosphere,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10055
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Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Art Poland (NASA/GSFC).
Topics: Magnetosphere, Where -- Poland
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10071
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Reigning on Earth's Climate - Only about 70% of the solar energy that reaches Earth is absorbed, while the other 30% is reflected back into space by atmosphere and aerosols, ocean/land and clouds. A closer view reveals a delicate balance between absorption and reflection as well as a release of energy by rocks, air and sea warming and emitting increasing amounts of thermal radiation (heat) in the form of long-wave infrared light. This radiation allows Earth to lose heat at the same rate it...
Topics: Earth Science, Sun-earth Interactions, Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Particles, Energy Deposition, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10101
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Solar - B Spacecraft goes into orbit to begin looking at the sun. It is specifically looking at solar magnetic fields and the origins of the solar wind. Note: a 360 degree tour around the Solar-B spacecraft as it hangs above the Earth Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: Solar Cycle, Solar Wind, Sun, What -- Sun, What -- Earth, What -- Hinode
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10299
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This simplistic animation shows the concept of 3d imaging of the SUN with the STEREO spacecraft. Note: How do the STEREO spacecraft make 3D images? Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: HDTV, What -- Sun, What -- STEREO
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10113
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Note: This animation tracks with LRO as it passes above a large lunar crater. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Andrew Freeberg (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: LRO.
Topics: Crater, HDTV, Lunar, Moon, Satellite, Spacecraft, LRO, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, What -- Lunar...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10275
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This animation shows how gamma rays possibly form in Active Galactic Nuclei. Note: AGN animation Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Producer: Deanna Kekesi (NASA/GSFC). Scientist: Julie McEnery (NASA/GSFC), Steven Ritz (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: Fermi/LAT.
Topics: Gamma Ray, HDTV, Space science, Black Hole, Active Galaxy, Universe, GLAST, Space, Fermi, What --...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10200
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LEX is one of the candidates for inclusion in the LRO mission - LEX will sample the lunar soil as well as search for signs of water. Note: A step by step walkthrough of the Boomerang mission from launch to return of the sample capsule Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Scientist: James Garvin (NASA/HQ).
Topics: Boom, HDTV, Lunar, Moon, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, What -- Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO),...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10312
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The Water Cycle - Water falling from summer storm clouds onto a field of wheat today will someday fall again somewhere else. This is the essence of the water cycle. The first step in the cycle is evaporation. Heated by sunlight, liquid water turns to vapor and enters the atmosphere. Another source of atmospheric water vapor is the respiratory process of plants. Vapor leaves plants through tiny pores called stomata. This process is called transpiration. As moist air ascends into the atmosphere...
Topics: Byrne, Condensation, Earth Science, Evaporation, Gonnelli, Precipitation, Rain, Transpiration,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10016
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A close-up animation of the Venus transit. Note: A close-up view of the Venus transit. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Space science, Sun, Transit, Venus, What -- Venus, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10043
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GLAST will be launched into a circular orbit around the Earth at an altitude of about 560 km (350 miles). At that altitude, the observatory will circle Earth every 90 minutes. In sky-survey mode, GLAST will be able to view the entire sky in just two orbits, or about 3 hours. Because gamma rays in the GLAST's energy band are unable to penetrate the Earth's atmostphere, it is essential that GLAST perform its observations from space. Note: This beauty shot begins with the earth in full view and...
Topics: Gamma Ray, HDTV, Satellite, Spacecraft, Space science, Gamma Ray Burst, Astrophysics, Universe,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10163
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This animation shows the orbits of Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission, a Solar-Terrestrial Probe mission comprising of four identically instrumented spacecraft that will study the Earth's magnetosphere. Note: Animation of MMS mission orbital path. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Charles Petruzzo (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: Magnetospheric MultiScale Mission.
Topic: Magnetic Reconnection
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10105
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This animation shows a magnetic reconnection event with proton aurora data from the IMAGE spacecraft. Note: Proton aurora animation Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: Cluster, IMAGE.
Topic: Aurora, Magnetic Reconnection
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10106
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This is a closer view of Comet Encke's collision with a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) as seen by the STEREO satellite on April 20, 2007. The collision is notable because it completely removed Encke's tail. The blue color here is a gradient added to help make the comet and CME more visible. Note: Closeup of Comet Encke Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Angelos Vourlidas (NRL). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: STEREO.
Topics: Comet, Coronal Mass Ejection, Sun, Solar System, Comet Encke, What -- STEREO, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10176
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This animation shows how Comet Encke interacts with the Solar Magnetic field and how it's tail is stripped away by a CME. Note: Comet Encke and Solar magnetic Fields Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Angelos Vourlidas (NRL).
Topics: CME, Comet, HDTV, Magnetic Fields, Sun, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10175
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The following animation helps to explain the dynamics of subglacial water exchange and what it looks like from space. Starting from an artist's concept of the Antarctic surface we move down to a cross section of the ice sheet with lakes hidden deep beneath. As pressure is exerted on one lake, the water in it is forced to an adjacent lake. This water movement results in elevation changes at the surface over both lakes, detectable by NASA satellites. The camera then moves to a 'top-down' view of...
Topics: Cryology, HDTV, Earth Science, Cryosphere, Glaciers/Ice Sheets, Glacier Elevation/Ice Sheet...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10108
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WMAP is mapping the sky for radio based emissions Note: WMAP heading away from Earth Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: WMAP, What -- WMAP, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10308
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A coronal mass ejection (CME) passes the Voyager spacecraft far beyond Pluto. Note: The CME hits the Voyager spacecraft. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Coronal Mass Ejection, HDTV, Space science, Sun, What -- Voyager, What -- Pluto, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10044
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Like fans doing the wave at a stadium, large cell-like features called supergranules are moving in a vertical motion, giving the illusion of the solar surface rotating faster than the Sun. Note: The sun surface in motion. Large cell-like features on the Sun called supergranules are seen as white stripes. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: SOHO.
Topics: Sun, Earth Science, Sun-earth Interactions, Solar Activity, Solar Imagery, Solar Granulation, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10079
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Understanding the variability of the density of ocean water is critical to understanding changes in the ocean's circulation, particularly those parts of the circulation that pertain to climate. In the tropics, the sun warms the surface water and causes that water to expand. Because the surface water is now less dense than the cooler water below, the warmest waters remain near the surface. Near the poles, the energy input by the sun is not as strong, and the surface waters are not warmed to the...
Topics: Climate, Earth Science, Oceans, Salinity/Density, Earth Science, Oceans, Ocean Circulation,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10092
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Note: This is the opening title sequence for LRO videos. Animator: Stuart A. Snodgrass (GST). Producer: Andrew Freeberg (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: LRO.
Topics: HDTV, Lunar, Moon, Satellite, Spacecraft, LRO, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, What -- Lunar...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10278
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Note: This animated sequence takes a view from inside a large crater as LRO passes overhead. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Andrew Freeberg (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: LRO.
Topics: Crater, HDTV, Lunar, Moon, Satellite, Spacecraft, LRO, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, What --...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10277
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THEMIS observations confirm for the first time that magnetic reconnection in the magnetotail triggers the onset of substorms. Substorms are the sudden violent eruptions of space weather that release solar energy trapped in the Earth's magnetic field. Note: THEMIS reconnection animation Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Vassilis Angelopoulos (University of California, Berkeley). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: THEMIS.
Topics: Aurora, HDTV, Magnetic Reconnection, THEMIS, What -- THEMIS, Where -- California
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10267
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In winter, moist air flows off the ocean and rises over the hills downwind of a coastal city, dropping its rain and snow mainly as it ascends the hills. As pollution from the city is pushed into the clouds by the hills downwind of the city, it interferes with droplet formation in the clouds as observed by NASA's satellites. The smaller cloud droplets convert more slowly into precipitation. Instead of precipitating, much of the water in the clouds evaporates, reducing the net rainfall downwind...
Topics: Byrne, Coastal City, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Pollution, Precipitation, Rainfall, Urban, Winter,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10011
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Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Sten Odenwald (NASA/GSFC).
Topics: Space science, Transit, Venus, What -- Venus
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10029
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This is a conceptual animation showing how polar ice reflects light from the sun. As this ice begins to melt, less sunlight gets reflected into space. It is instead absorbed into the oceans and land, raising the overall temperature, and fueling further melting. Note: This is the high definition version of the Ice Albedo-Global animation MPEG. Animator: Susan Twardy (HTSI), Cindy Starr (GST). Scientist: Claire Parkinson (NASA/GSFC), Waleed Abdalati (NASA/GSFC), Reto Stockli (NASA/GSFC). Writer:...
Topics: Albedo, Byrne, Climatology, Cryology, Earth Science, Gonnelli, HDTV, Polar Ice, Reflectivity, Earth...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10021
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The IMAGE and Cluster spacecraft were ideally positioned in their orbits to view the reconnection event which led to the proton aurora formation. Note: Movie showing IMAGE and Cluster in position for the event. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: Cluster.
Topic: Aurora, Magnetic Reconnection, Space science
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10038
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This computer animation illustrates the Earth's space storm shield in action. The solar wind, a thin, high-velocity electrified gas, or plasma, blows constantly from the Sun at an average speed of 250 miles per second (400 kilometers/sec). It is represented as a stream of yellow particles flowing from the Sun. The solar wind impacts the Earth's magnetic field, represented by the blue lines. As the solar wind flows past the Earth's magnetic field, it generates enormous electric currents that...
Topics: Coronal Mass Ejection, Magnetic Fields, Magnetosphere, What -- Sun, What -- Earth, What -- Polar
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10076
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Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10095
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Reigning on Earth's Climate - Only about 70% of the solar energy that reaches Earth is absorbed, while the other 30% is reflected back into space by atmosphere and aerosols, ocean/land and clouds. A closer view reveals a delicate balance between absorption and reflection as well as a release of energy by rocks, air and sea warming and emitting increasing amounts of thermal radiation (heat) in the form of long-wave infrared light. This radiation allows Earth to lose heat at the same rate it...
Topics: Earth Science, Sun-earth Interactions, Ionosphere/Magnetosphere Particles, Energy Deposition, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10100
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What would happen in 4 billion years when our sun begins heading toward supernova? Scientists theorize that our sun would grow in size and for a time become a red giant. These animations show the resulting effects on the planets of our solar system. Note: This animation shows the changing habitable zone as the sun expands to become a Red Giant. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: Sun, Supernovae, Planets, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10297
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This animation shows Voyager II on it's journey to the Heliopause. Note: Voyager II animation Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Eric Christian Ph.D. (NASA/HQ). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: Voyager.
Topics: HDTV, Heliosphere, Heliopause, Voyager, What -- Voyager
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10179
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This animation shows El Nino's and La Nina's mulitiple personalites. The sequence begins with normal jet streams, normal sea surface temperatures, and normal wind patterns. The first change illustrates what occurs when a very strong El Nino strikes surface waters in the Central equatorial Pacific Ocean. Warm water anomalies (red) develop in the Central Pacific Ocean while normal westerly winds weaken and allow easterly winds to push the warm water up against the South American Coast. The second...
Topics: Earth Science, El Nino, Gonnelli, What -- Earth, Where -- Pacific Ocean
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10046
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Note: This animation follows LRO as it moves along its orbit high above the lunar surface. Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Producer: Andrew Freeberg (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: LRO.
Topics: HDTV, Lunar, Moon, Satellite, Spacecraft, LRO, Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, What -- Lunar...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10281