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Gas Giants, Atmospheres and Weather: Windy Worlds
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Data Sources
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Earth Observatory Invite exploration of Earth's climate system -- the atmosphere, ocean, land, and vegetation -- through current satellite data. Students can compare systems, analyze data and make predictions about changes in Earth's systems.
S'COOL Data Upload S'COOL cloud observations around the world and compare the data to satellite imagery.
NASA Earth Observations Use this site to manipulate a variety of atmospheric data sets on aerosols, carbon monoxide, clouds, rainfall, and more! Compare two sets of data over time.
NOAA Education: Weather Find data about hurricane histories, and data on the impact of El Nino on the U.S.


Downloadable Products
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The Air We Breathe: "The Air We Breathe" is a picture book designed to introduce Earth's atmosphere and its importance to life on Earth. It also introduces how the introduction of new gases contributes to the changing quality of the air.
S'COOL Teacher Resources This site has a variety of products and presentation materials for teachers regarding weather, clouds and more.

Saturn's Wildest Weather Poster
This National Geographics poster was designed to accompany their show "Wildest Weather in the Solar System."


Images
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Earth Observatory This site has a wealth of images about Earth's atmosphere, and global maps on aerosols, gases, radiation, and more.
Visible Earth: Atmosphere This is a searchable catalog of NASA images and animations of our planet's atmosphere. Subcategories range from aerosols and air quality to radiation budget.
The Great Red Spot: An Ancient Storm in Jupiter's Atmosphere The mosaic presents a series of pictures of the Red Spot obtained by Hubble between 1992 and 1999.
Neptune's Dynamic Atmosphere Hubble Space Telescope images of the distant planet Neptune show a dynamic atmosphere and capture the fleeting orbits of its satellites. The images have been assembled into a time-lapse movie revealing the orbital motion of the satellites.
Four Views of Martian Global Dust Storm This Martian dust storm, larger by far than any seen on Earth, raised a cloud of dust that engulfed the entire planet for several months in 2001.
Jupiter's Great Red Spot Region This mosaic of the Great Red Spot shows white clouds north and south of the Great Red Spot.
Enigmatic Titan Titan's golden, smog-like atmosphere and complex layered hazes appear to Cassini as a luminous ring around the planet-sized moon.


Video
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Climate Change: Climate Reel A collection of NASA's best videos and visualizations of climate change.
The X-Planets These two extreme planets beyond our solar system have set the records for the hottest and windiest known worlds anywhere.
Jupiter Gets the Measles Jupiter's Great Red Spot, an enormous storm in its atmosphere, has been the only red spot seen on Jupiter for centuries, but was joined by additional red storms in the past decade.
Capturing Saturn's Flashdance: Lightning Storms NASA's Cassini scientists waited years for the right conditions to produce the first movie that shows lightning on another planet -- Saturn.
Ozone's Slow Recovery Ozone gas in the upper atmosphere shields Earth from the sun's dangerous ultraviolet radiation. This visualization shows false-color ozone measurements in both ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths, taken by US satellites to measure Earth's ozone distribution.


Podcasts
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The Space Hunt Is On -- For Carbon Dioxide Scientists say carbon dioxide is a major contributor to global warming. The Orbiting Carbon Observatory is NASA's first spacecraft dedicated to studying carbon dioxide in Earth's atmosphere -- from space.
Titan Titan is Saturn's largest moon, and the second largest moon in the solar system. It's unique in the solar system as the only moon with an atmosphere. In fact, scientists think that Titan's thick atmosphere -- rich in hydrocarbons -- is similar to the early Earth, and could give us clues about how life got started on our planet.
Atmospheres on Alien Worlds Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have for the first time discovered what the atmosphere is like on planets outside our solar system! Drs. Sara Seager and David Charbonneau discuss this groundbreaking technique with Robert Hurt.
What Galileo Discovered at Jupiter In December 1995, the Galileo mission dropped a probe into Jupiter's atmosphere and provided us with the first in situ observations of an outer planet's atmosphere. This podcast from 2009 discusses its discoveries and the next mission to Jupiter.
Jupiter's Great Red Spot The Great Red Spot has been circling the planet Jupiter for over 300 years. What is it? And what makes it so great?


Animation
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Looking Saturn in the Eye This 14-frame animation shows a swirling cloud mass centered on the south pole of Saturn, around which winds blow at 550 km (350 miles) per hour.
Dust Devil in Gusev Crater This clip shows several dust devils moving from right to left across a plain inside Mars' Gusev Crater, as seen from the vantage point of NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit in hills rising from the plain.
Saturn Movie This shows Saturn's southern hemisphere taken by the Cassini spacecraft cameras shows a banded appearance due to winds, as well as dark cyclonic ovals.
Jupiter Movie This animation is composed of images taken by Cassini shows moving clouds in Jupiter's atmosphere.


Interactives
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Cassini-Huygens UVIS Interactive Compare the spectra of Saturn's rings and Titan's atmosphere to determine their primary compositions.
Goldilocks and the Three Planets Interactive Compare the spectra of the atmospheres of Earth, Venus and Mars to determine their composition.
Astro-Venture Atmospheric Science Training Students role-play the occupation of atmospheric scientist, as they search for and build a planet with the necessary characteristics for human habitation.
Astro-Venture Atmospheric Science Mission Students role-play the occupation of scientist.
Earth Observatory Global Maps NASA Satellite data can be examined and analyzed in these global maps of cloud fraction, aerosol size, carbon monoxide, and more. Data sets can be compared, and animations of changes over set periods can be created.
MY NASA DATA Live Access Server This site can be used to gather microsets for your class or interests.
Interactive Whiteboard Content: Saturn's Wildest Weather Learn about the solar system and the wicked weather on Saturn in Saturn's Wildest Weather, brought to you in cooperation with Lockheed Martin.
Wildest Weather: The Game Inspired by Wildest Weather In the Solar System, participants in this game build probes that will withstand the extreme weather conditions on each of our solar system's planets. If you build incorrectly, your probes will be destroyed!


Networks
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The Globe Program The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) program is a worldwide hands-on, primary and secondary school-based science and education program. GLOBE brings together students, teachers and scientists through the GLOBE Schools Network in support of student learning and research. Parents, Scientists and GLOBE Alumni also support students' engagement in GLOBE.
Solar System Ambassadors The Solar System Ambassadors is a nation-wide network of volunteers who are trained to communicate the excitement of NASA's space exploration missions and recent discoveries to people in their local communities.
Museum Alliance The Museum Alliance is a network of museums, science centers, planetariums, observatories, parks, NASA visitor centers, nature centers, zoos, and aquariums that bring current NASA science and technology to their visitors through professional development of their staff and access to NASA staff, content and materials.
Night Sky Network This site can connect you to amateur astronomy clubs, events, a night sky planner, and more.
Saturn Observation Campaign This network site includes information on how to observe Saturn, and how to participate in training sessions, observing sessions, and posting your own Saturn observing events and photos.

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