NASA is inviting people around the globe to step outside during Earth Science Week, Oct. 12-18, observe the sky and share their observations as citizen scientists.
NASA's #SkyScience activity is part of an annual educational event organized by the American Geosciences Institute to encourage the public to engage in Earth sciences. Citizen scientists can participate in this global Earth science data collection event by observing, photographing and reporting on clouds over their location as a NASA satellite passes over. Reports and photos will be compared to data collected by NASA Earth-observing instruments as a way to assess the satellite measurements.
Using the hashtag #SkyScience, participants are encouraged to post their cloud and sky photos and observation experiences to Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Flickr. Throughout the week, NASA will share some of the most interesting photos on the agency’s social media accounts.
In addition to #SkyScience, NASA has been engaging students in cloud observation for years through the agency’s Students’ Cloud Observations On-Line (S’COOL) Project.
"#SkyScience is another opportunity to get lots of reports in a short period of time and enable additional statistical analysis," said S’COOL project lead Lin Chambers of NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.
With the launch of five Earth-observing missions in 2014 -- more Earth-focused launches in a single year in more than a decade -- NASA will be able to deliver even more crucial data to scientists trying to understand our changing planet. Since the agency's inception in 1958, NASA has established itself as a world leader in Earth science and climate studies. 2014 has proven to be an interesting year for both NASA & the public with more earth observing missions to keep us focusing on our planet.