Daily Archives: December 6, 2011

2012 NASA Student Airborne Research Program – Deadline February 10, 2012

2012 NASA Student Airborne Research Program for Undergrad and Early Graduate Students
(Apply by Feb. 10; Apply by Jan. 20 for Early Acceptance; Internship June 17-Aug. 10)

The NASA Airborne Science Program invites highly motivated junior and senior undergraduate and early graduate students to apply for participation in the NASA Student Airborne Research Program (SARP 2012). The summer internship program provides student with hands-on research experience in all aspects of a major scientific campaign. Students will work in four multi-disciplinary teams to study surface, atmospheric, and oceanographic processes. Participants will fly onboard the NASA P-3B aircraft, where they will assist in the operation of instruments to sample and measure atmospheric gases, and to image land and water surface in multiple spectral bands. The flights will take place at NASA’s Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility, in Palmdale, Calif. Post-flight data analysis and interpretation will take place at the University of California, Irvine.

Applicants must have a strong background in any of the physical, chemical, or biological sciences, or engineering, and an interest in applying their background to the study of the Earth system. For more information and to download the program application, please visit http://www.nserc.und.edu/learning/SARP2012.html

AMS DataStreme Earth’s Climate Systems Professional Development Courses – K-12

AMS DataStreme Earth’s Climate Systems Professional Development Course for K-12 Educators (Jan.-April 2012)

The American Meteorological Society (AMS), with support from NASA and in partnership with the State University of New York’s College at Brockport, is developing a national cadre of K-12 teachers highly trained in climate science, and familiar with climate modeling. Teachers are trained through DataStreme Earth’s Climate System (ECS), a semester-long, graduate level, pre-college teacher professional development course. DataStreme ECS uses NASA Earth Observing System (EOS) data and visualizations, and introduced the Educational Global Climate Modeling (EdGCM) developed by the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, to explore the fundamentals of climate change. Teachers completing the course construct and execute a Plan of Action to advance public climate science literacy and affect curriculum change within their local schools and districts.

DataStreme ECS is administered through 21 course Local Implementation Teams (LITs) across the country. The course is free to all participants, and the teachers are awarded three graduate credits upon successful completion of the course. For more information, including a listing of course offerings by state, and an application form, visit http://ametsoc.org/amsedu/ECS/index.html


ROA-2011 Amendment 1: Subsonic Fixed Wing Project (SFW1) – NOI Due Jan 10, 2012

ROA-2011 Amendment 1: Subsonic Fixed Wing Project (SFW1)

Amendment 1 to the NASA ARMD Research Opportunities in Aeronautics (ROA) 2011 NRA has been posted on the NSPIRES web site ( http://nspires.nasaprs.com).

This release includes the following three topics in Appendix A.2 for foundational research in support of the Subsonic Fixed Wing Project: Turbulence Modeling; Numerical Methods for Turbulent Flow Computations; The “Vision 2030” CFD Code.

NOIs are due January 10, 2012, and proposals are due February 7, 2012.

NASA Astrobiology Institute Cycle 6 CAN, Amendment 1: Proposal Deadline Changed to February 15, 2012

Release Date: October 11, 2011
Proposals Due: February 15, 2012

With this amendment, the proposal due date for NASA Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) NNH11ZDA012O, “NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI) – Cycle 6,” has been delayed to February 15, 2012. Due to the large number of time consuming activities between November and the end of January encountered by the Planetary Science and Astrobiology community, the proposal due date for the NAI Cycle 6 CAN has been changed to February 15, 2012.

On or about December 5, 2012, Amendment No. 1 to the “NASA Astrobiology Institute Cycle 6” CAN (NNH11ZDA012O) will be posted on the NASA research opportunity homepage at http://nspires.nasaprs.com/ (select “Solicitations” then “Open Solicitations” then “NNH12ZDA002C”).


Total lunar Eclipse – December 10, 2011

(from our friends at OMSI in Portland, OR)
Watch the Moon Fade Away

During the morning of December 10, 2011, the Full Moon will slide through the dark shadow of our planet. For 51 minutes, the only light hitting the moon will be the reddish glow from all of Earth’s sunrises and sunsets – a Total Lunar Eclipse!
The moon will be situated in the constellation Taurus and near the most northerly point in the moon’s orbit at that time of the year. The circle is the earth shadow called the umbra.

For the Pacific Northwest viewers, the penumbral eclipse begins at 3:33 a.m. PST and the umbral shadow takes a small, dark bite out of the left edge of the moon starts at 4:45 a.m. PST. For 66 minutes of the partial phase, the darkness engulfs more of the moon’s disk as it slides into the shadow. The partial eclipse ends and totality begins at 6:06 a.m. PST and the point of the greatest eclipse occurs at 6:31 a.m. PST. The eclipse’s total phase will lasts for 51 minutes. The moon will be only 6.5 degrees above the north western horizon at the instant of the greatest eclipse.

What makes it so much fun is that no one can predict what color the moon will turn during totality. Will it be bright orange, or blood red? Only the shadow knows. The total eclipse will end at 6:57 a.m. PST as the moon exits the umbra. Then the moon will set at 7:45 a.m. PST

A lunar eclipse happens when the Moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. Earth always has a shadow, which is created by the Sun. On those rare occasions when the Moon, Earth and the Sun are all lined up just right, the Moon passes through this shadow. This would happen every full moon if the Moon orbited around the Earth in the same plane as the Earth orbits around the Sun. The Moons orbit, however, is tilted about 5 degrees above the Earth-Sun plane. This tilt itself, however, rotates, allowing eclipses to happen when the tilt of this plane lines up with the Earth-Sun plane, blocking sunlight. For future visitors to the moon, the Earth during a total lunar eclipse would appear dark and surrounded by a glowing red ring. Unlike solar eclipses in which the sun’s rays can damage the eyes, lunar eclipses are safe to watch with the naked eye. Binoculars and telescopes will enhance the view. The most important factor will be having clear sky on Saturday morning to view the eclipse!


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