Tag: Clouds

Curiosity Rover Goes Cloud Watching On Mars

The Mars Curiosity rover went skywatching with the InSight lander in May to help scientists measure the altitude of Martian clouds. The 6-year-old robotic explorer is currently exploring the clay-bearing unit of Mount Sharp.

Space May 31, 2019

Cloud Loss Due To High Carbon Dioxide Levels Could Make Earth 14 Degrees Hotter, Climate Change Model Shows

Researchers warned the increasing concentration of carbon dioxide may lead to the disappearance of marine stratus clouds, which may worsen global warming. This may happen when carbon dioxide concentration reaches above 1,200 ppm.

Earth/Environment February 26, 2019

Astronomers Chart 3D Shape Of Musca Cloud For The First Time By Watching It 'Sing'

Astronomers from the University of Crete charted the 3D structure of the Musca cloud for the first time. Their model revealed that it was shaped like a pancake and not like a needle as what previous studies stated.

Space May 12, 2018

Sodium In Hot Saturn WASP-96b Suggests Exoplanet Has Cloud-Free Atmosphere

A complete fingerprint of sodium in hot Saturn WASP-96b suggests that the exoplanet has a cloud-free atmosphere. What is the significance of studying clouds in atmospheres of planets?

Space May 8, 2018

Uranus Clouds Smell Like Rotten Eggs, We're Not Joking!

Does Uranus have 'ass-teroids' surrounding it? Probably not, but scientists now claim that clouds surrounding Uranus smell like fart and rotten eggs. We're not joking.

Space April 23, 2018

Extraterrestrial Life Could Be Thriving In The Clouds Of Planet Venus

Could the clouds of Venus actually host extraterrestrial life? Researchers of a new study said that the dark patches in the clouds of the planet could be comparable to algae blooms.

Space March 31, 2018

NASA Sounding Rocket Experiment To Produce Colorful Artificial Clouds Over Mid-Atlantic

Blue-green and red artificial clouds will be visible over the mid-Atlantic as NASA launches the Terrier-Improved Malemute sounding rocket from Wallops Flight Facility. What is the purpose of sounding rocket experiments?

Space May 31, 2017

Spooky Clouds Swirling Around Venus Atmosphere Prompt Alien Probe By US, Russian Scientists

Called Venera-D, the joint mission by NASA and Roscosmos is poised to send an uncrewed aerial vehicle to the heart of Venus’ atmosphere to investigate the possibility of microbial life.

Space January 9, 2017

Bermuda Triangle Mystery: Hexagonal Clouds May Explain Mysterious Disappearances Of Planes And Ships

Hexagonal clouds above the Bermuda triangle can produce powerful air currents and massive waves. These clouds could be the reason behind the mysterious disappearance of ships, planes and people in this area of the Atlantic Ocean.

Earth/Environment October 22, 2016

Climate Change May Be Pushing Clouds To The Poles

Climate scientists have identified a dramatic change in the Earth's cloud patterns since the 1980s that may have been caused by the ongoing global warming event. They found that clouds in mid-latitudes have now shifted toward the planet's poles.

Earth/Environment July 12, 2016

Some Exoplanets May Be Small: Atmospheric Clouds Hide True Size Of Exoplanets

A new research has suggested that exoplanets may be routinely overestimated and that some are actually smaller than what scientists pegged them to be. Clouds and haze are to blame.

Space June 17, 2016

Cloud Seeding Discovery Could Alter Climate Predictions

Global warming has increased temperatures around the globe since the start of the Industrial Revolution - or has it? New studies show how clouds and trees may have fooled planetary climate models.

Earth/Environment May 25, 2016

Cloud Study Suggests Global Warming May Be Worse Than Previously Believed

A new report suggests that climate models may have underestimated the role of clouds in global warming. This means that future warming could be worse than previously believed, researchers said.

Earth/Environment April 8, 2016

The Holodec Is A Flying Microscope For The Clouds

Researchers have come up with a new device called the Holodec, which is essentially a flying microscope that is designed to capture images of cloud microdroplets. This information will enable researchers to determine things like how much light from the sun is being reflected back into space.

Gadgets October 2, 2015

Tiny Plankton Play Big Role In Formation Of Brighter Clouds In Southern Ocean: Here's How It Happens

Marine life has effects on clouds. Planktons that drift in the ocean produce organic matter and airborne gases that seed cloud droplets producing brighter clouds that reflect more sunlight.

Animals July 18, 2015

Massive Dunes In Saturn's Titan Might Be Due To Violent Methane Storms

Scientists explain the formation of dunes on Titan. Methane clouds that produce fast methane winds are believed to be responsible for the eastward pointing of the dunes on Saturn's moon.

Space April 14, 2015

Strange shimmering cloud in the sky is a fallstreak over Australia

A fallstreak hole seen over Australia amazed and delighted, and even had some observers thinking of the Rapture.

November 4, 2014

NASA spies water vapor in exoplanet: Can alien life exist?

Water vapor has been seen in the atmosphere of exoplanet HAT-P-11b, along with unusually clear skies. Could alien life exist there?

Space September 25, 2014

Mars rover Curiosity caught watching Martian clouds drift by: No 'scientific focus'?

The Curiosity rover is searching for clouds amidst criticisms by a NASA panel that the mission lacks scientific focus. A team member of the Rover Environmental Monitoring Station, however, says that studying Martian clouds has scientific importance.

Space September 7, 2014

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