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Article of the month: December 2013
The Big Picture: GOES-R and the Advanced Baseline Imager
Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) have the ability to monitor dangerous storms in close to real-time. But monitoring the activity of a specific storm has always come with a trade-off: focusing on a single storm means you can't look at weather in other places. That could change with the launch of the next generation of GOES—the GOES-R series. In this month's column, learn about these satellites' new instrument, the Advanced Baseline Imager, that will make this trade-off a thing of the past.
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Play and learn
Simple and fun learning activities to share with children.
Clues from Ancient Light—With the GALEX space telescope, astronomers know the age of a source's light by its degree of red shift. In this learning-by-analogy activity, kids arrange pictures of familiar objects by judging which is older.
Paint by Pixels—Make a picture using a technique similar to that used by many NASA spacecraft to record and send pictures back to Earth.