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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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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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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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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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Coronal mass ejections (CME) can propagate from the Sun to the boundary with interstellar space. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Coronal Mass Ejection, HDTV, Heliosphere, Space science, Sun, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10037
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This illustration shows how cooler than normal tropical Pacific Ocean temperatures (blues) and warmer than normal tropical Atlantic Ocean temperatures (red and orange) contributed to a weakened low level jet stream and changed its course. The jet stream normally flows westward over the Gulf of Mexico and then turns northward pulling up moisture and dumping rain onto the Great Plains. During the 1930s, this low level jet stream weakened, carrying less moisture, and shifted further south. The...
Topics: Byrne, Drought, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Precipitation, Sea Surface Temperature, What -- Earth,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10033
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Solar wind protons can breach the Earth's magnetic field through a magnetic reconnection event. Sometimes when this happens we see a (proton) aurora when the solar protons make it to the Earth's atmosphere. Note: Movie of solar protons breaching the magnetic shield through the reconnection event. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topic: Aurora, Magnetic Reconnection, Space science
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10039
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Note: A coronal mass ejection erupts from the Sun and propagates out through the Solar System. Along the way it is detected by the spacecraft at Jupiter and Saturn. Eventually it is detected by the two Voyager spacecraft beyond the orbit of Pluto. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Coronal Mass Ejection, Jupiter, Solar Flare, Space science, Sun, What -- Sun, What -- Jupiter, What...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10045
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Animation of the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) in it's deployed location. Note: Beauty Pass' of Solar Dynamics Observatory on-station. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: SDO.
Topics: Space science, Sun, What -- Solar Dynamics Observatory, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10040
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This animation illustrates the dust storm caused by the drought in the 1930's. Note: This is the standard definition version of the Dust Storm animaiton MPEG. Animator: Susan Twardy (HTSI). Scientist: Siegfried D. Schubert (NASA/GSFC). Writer: Rani Chohan (NASA/GSFC).
Topics: Byrne, Drought, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Precipitation, Sea Surface Temperature, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10034
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This solar flare animation illustrates the role of magnetic field lines and reconnection events in the phenomenon. Note: Movie of simplified solar flare model Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Solar Flare, Space science, Sun, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10035
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An artist conception of the surface of Venus to Venus transit Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Space science, Sun, Transit, Venus, What -- Venus, What -- Sun
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10042
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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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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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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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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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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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Accumulating Data: Glas Builds Its Facts One Point at a Time - The technology behind GLAS is called lidar. Lidar is a distance measuring system similar to radar, except that instead of radio waves it uses pulses of laser light for range finding. The name is a contraction based on the words light and radar: Light Detection And Ranging. A lidar system determines precise distances by measuring the amount of time necessary for a pulse of light to leave an emitter, hit a target, and return. In this...
Topics: Byrne, Earth Science, GLAS, Gonnelli, ICEsat, Ice, Lidar, Measuring Ice, Technology, What --...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10025
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This animation provides a close perspective of the relationship between ice and solar reflectivity. As glaciers, the polar caps, and icebergs (shown here) melt, less sunlight gets reflected into space. Instead, the oceans and land absorb the light, thus raising the overall temperature and adding energy to a vicious circle. Note: This is the standard definition version MPEG of the Ice Albedo(clean ice case) Animation. Animator: Susan Twardy (HTSI). Scientist: James Hansen (NASA/GSFC GISS)....
Topics: Albedo, Byrne, Earth Science, Global Warming, Gonnelli, HDTV, Ice, Melting, Pollution, Reflectance,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10022
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Carbon is the root of all life on Earth, and as it circulates through our biosphere, the Earth's state of health responds. Whenever the size of phytoplankton colonies in the ocean changes, it affects the amount of carbon absorbed from the atmosphere. These blooms are highly dependent on surrounding environmental conditions. As a hurricane passes over the tropical waters of the Atlantic, it draws up cold water from deep below the warmer surface. As the cooler water rises, it brings with it...
Topics: Byrne, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Hurricane, Phytoplankton, Phytoplankton Blooms, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10030
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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