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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
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This animation takes us into a spinning pulsar, with its strong magnetic field rotating along with it. Clouds of charged particles move along the field lines and their gamma-rays are beamed like a lighthouse beacon by the magnetic fields. As our line of sight moves into the beam, we see the pulsations once every rotation of the neutron star. Note: This animation shows gamma-rays from a pulsar Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Alice Harding (NASA/GSFC), Steven Ritz (NASA/GSFC)....
Topics: Gamma Ray, HDTV, Space science, Universe, Pulsar, GLAST, Space, Fermi, What -- Beacon, What --...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10205
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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This animation shows the James Webb Space Telescope in orbit. Note: JWST animation Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: JWST.
Topic: HDTV, JWST
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10178
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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Starting with a view of our Milky Way galaxy, the orange gas in the animation represents the interstellar medium. The bow shock is created because the heliosphere is moving through like a boat through the water, crashing through the interstellar gases. Note: Galaxy zoom Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: Galaxy, Heliosphere, Interstellar medium, IBEX, Where -- Milky Way Galaxy
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10150
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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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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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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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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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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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?10098
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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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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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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This animation shows sunpot migration over a 11 year solar cycle and indicates the features causing total solar irradiance variability. For a standard definition version of this animation, please go to
Topics: HDTV, Solar Cycle, Sun, Earth Science, Sun-earth Interactions, Solar Activity, Sunspots, What --...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10185
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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This sequence of images is from a computer animation illustrating an artist's concept of Coronal Mass Ejection (CME) cannibalism. Coronal Mass Ejections (CMEs) are clouds of electrified, magnetic gas weighing billions of tons ejected from the Sun and hurled into space with speeds ranging from 12 to 1,250 miles per second (about 20 to 2,000 kilometers per second). The first CME blasts from the right side of the sun (bright, white area), and as it expands into space, it becomes fainter. A second...
Topics: Coronal Mass Ejection, HDTV, What -- Sun, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10070
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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The 'greenhouse effect' is the warming of climate that results when the atmosphere traps heat radiating from Earth toward space. Certain gases in the atmosphere resemble glass in a greenhouse, allowing sunlight to pass into the 'greenhouse,' but blocking Earth's heat from escaping into space. The gases that contribute to the greenhouse effect include water vapor, carbon dioxide (CO2), methane, nitrous oxides, and chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs). On Earth, human activities are changing the natural...
Topics: Atmosphere, Carbon Dioxide, Climate, Earth Science, Global Warming, HDTV, Methane, Climate Change,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10156
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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Electrons rain down from the Earth's radiation belts, exciting atoms into radiative states along the way. Note: Electrons collide with atoms sending them into radiative states. Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Nicola Fox (Johns Hopkins University/APL), Art Poland (NASA/GSFC).
Topics: Aurora, Where -- Poland
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10077
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Water Vapor And Climate Change - There is no more important greenhouse gas than water vapor. As one of the fundamental parts of Earth's atmosphere, water vapor affects global warming in both positive and negative terms, and offers a trail for scientists to follow towards a better understanding about how the planet functions as a whole. It's also one of the principal aspects of the Earth's climate targeted for study by the Aqua satellite. By applying integrated analytic tools to the study of...
Topics: Byrne, Condensation, Earth Science, Evaporation, Gonnelli, Precipitation, Rain, Transpiration,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10017
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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Because of their high altitude, near the edge of space, noctilucent clouds shine at night when the Sun's rays hit them from below while the lower atmosphere is bathed in darkness. Also known as Polar Mesospheric Clouds or PMCs, they typically form in the cold, summer polar mesosphere and are made of water ice crystals. In April 2007 the Aeronomy of Ice in the Mesosphere (AIM) Mission was launched with the express purpose of studying noctilucent clouds. Note: Because of their high altitude, near...
Topics: Byrne, Clouds, Gonnelli, Noctilucent, Shuttle, Location, Polar, Location, Mesosphere, AIM,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10002
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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?10274
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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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Note: The LRO spacecraft traverses from darkness into daylight. 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?10273
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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Views of a lunar eclipse focusing on the central umbra and relative penumbra shapes as they pass across the Earth sphere. Note: Lunar Eclipse Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: Lunar, Eclipse, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10303
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These animations show IBEX and it's two imagers specialized to detect neutral atoms from the solar system's outer boundaries and galactic medium. Note: IBEX Beauty pass two Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Eric Christian Ph.D. (NASA/HQ). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: IBEX.
Topics: HDTV, Interstellar medium, IBEX, What -- Explorer
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10180
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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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The STEREO spacecraft will observed the Sun and the region between the Sun and the Earth from the Lagrange Points of the Sun-Earth system. Note: Stereo spacecraft looks at the sun Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Scientist: Therese Kucera (NASA/GSFC). Platforms/Sensors/Data Sets: STEREO.
Topics: Space science, Sun, What -- STEREO, What -- Sun, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10060
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In summer, weaker winds move the clouds more slowly. Heat absorbed by the city and pollution's interference with raindrop formation interact to cause the clouds to intensify before producing precipitation. The onset of rainfall from a cloud leads eventually to its demise by cooling off the air near the ground. the air pollution delays the onset of precipitation, so that the intense storm clouds can build higher and larger before they start precipitating and subsequently dissipating. Therefore,...
Topics: Byrne, Coastal City, Earth Science, Gonnelli, Pollution, Precipitation, Rainfall, Urban, Winter,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10012
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The Carbon Cycle - The carbon cycle on land, acted out here show a tree taking in carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and combined with water and nutrients from the soil, growing. In the fall and winter, parts of the growth die off and release some carbon back into the system. At some point, the tree is no longer able to take in carbon and begins to die. When that happens, all the carbon absorbed in its body is released back into the cycle as it decomposes. Fire can accelerate this, sending...
Topics: Atmosphere, Byrne, Carbon Absorption, Carbon Land Cycle, Carbon Release, Carbon Reserve, Decompose,...
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10006
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Mars does not have a single unified magnetic field like Earth. It has smaller, more fractured fields which cover the planet and have different intensities and polarities Note: Mars magnetic fields Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: Magnetic Fields, Mars, What -- Mars, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10295
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This animation shows a CME erupting off of the Sun and the energetic particles racing ahead of the CME and how they react with the Earth's magnetic field and Mar's magnetic field. Note: Solar Energetic particles Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI).
Topics: CME, Earth, Magnetic Fields, Mars, What -- Sun, What -- Mars, What -- Earth
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10174
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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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On Friday, 2008 August 01, a total eclipse of the Sun will be visible from within a narrow coridor that traverses half the Earth. This animation shows the Moon passing between the Earth and Sun. Note: Total Solar Eclipse Animator: Walt Feimer (HTSI). Scientist: Fred Espenak (NASA/GSFC).
Topics: Earth, HDTV, Moon, Solar Eclipse, What -- Sun, What -- Earth, What -- Moon
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10219
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Animation of fragmented magnetic fields on Mars Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI).
Topics: Magnetic Fields, What -- Mars
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10173
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by NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Conceptual Image Lab
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This animation shows a graphical representation of the electromagnetic spectrum and includes - Radio Waves, Infrared, Visible, Ultraviolet, X-Rays and Gamma Rays Note: Electromagnetic Spectrum Animator: Chris Meaney (HTSI). Editor: Rich Melnick (HTSI). Producer: Rich Melnick (HTSI).
Topic: Gamma Ray, HDTV, Electromagnetic Spectrum
Source: http://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/goto?10282
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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