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Exploring Earth: Investigating Clouds

In this activity, learners create a cloud in a bottle and explore it with laser light.

DESCRIPTION

"Exploring Earth: Investigating Clouds" is a hands-on activity in which visitors create a cloud in a bottle and explore it with laser light. The activity is connected to current and ongoing NASA mission research. Participants learn about ways that NASA uses satellite technology to observe clouds from above and explore ways that ground-based data, including some generated through citizen science projects like the GLOBE Observer app, are also used to study Earth’s cloud cover from below.

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DESCRIPTION

"Exploring Earth: Investigating Clouds" is a hands-on activity in which visitors create a cloud in a bottle and explore it with laser light. The activity is connected to current and ongoing NASA mission research. Participants learn about ways that NASA uses satellite technology to observe clouds from above and explore ways that ground-based data, including some generated through citizen science projects like the GLOBE Observer app, are also used to study Earth’s cloud cover from below.

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OBJECTIVES

BIG IDEA

NASA studies clouds to learn more about Earth's changing climate. We can study clouds both from the ground and by using space-based instruments.

LEARNING GOALS

  • Clouds influence Earth’s weather and climate.

  • Clouds form when individual water molecules combine into droplets.

  • NASA researchers study clouds in order to better understand and predict how Earth’s climate is changing.

  • Particular to the information sheet, worksheet, and Globe postcard: Citizen science programs collect and share the data with researchers that collaborate with NASA.

Credits

YEAR CREATED
2017
OWNING INSTITUTION

The Science Museum of Minnesota

FUNDING

This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award number NNX16AC67A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

PERMISSIONS

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike 3.0 United States (CC BY-NC-SA 3.0 US).
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