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KCL to celebrate Earth Day with NASA

Posted: April 17, 2017 6:08 p.m.
Updated: April 18, 2017 1:00 a.m.

The Kershaw County Library has joined libraries across the country to participate in the Earth Day 2017. During this national event, the library will celebrate our home planet with a special citizen science project that allows participants to view clouds from above and below.

Clouds play an important role in transferring energy from the sun to different parts of our Earth system. NASA has a number of satellites orbiting Earth and collecting data about clouds and Earth’s energy. Combining NASA’s global view from above, with ground observations of clouds and sky conditions from below helps scientists get a more complete picture of clouds in our atmosphere. Because clouds can change rapidly, frequent observations are needed from citizen scientists. Through the GLOBE Observer app, citizen scientists of all ages can learn more about clouds and participate in NASA science.

Kershaw County Library will offer this opportunity to involve the public in this unique citizen science opportunity on Earth Day, which is Saturday, at 11:30 a.m. For a full schedule of events, visit www.kershawcountylibrary.org or call 425-1508.

“We are pleased that the Kershaw County Library will participate in this national program,” Amber Conger, library director said. "We think people of all ages and backgrounds will find it meaningful to observe clouds using a free and easy-to-use app on a smart phone or tablet -- being able to photograph clouds, record sky observations and compare them with NASA satellite images." 

The library's program will include a children’s storytime (ages 3-8) at 10 a.m., then at 10:30 a.m. Jordan Smith, meteorologist at Shaw AFB, will talk about clouds and more, and cloud observing at 11:30 a.m. Be sure to bring your smartphone or tablet for cloud observing. 

Kershaw County Library is located at 1304 W. DeKalb St. Our Earth Day programs are free and open to the public. 

Kershaw County Library has joined the STAR Library Education Network (STAR_Net) to participate in its NASA@ My Library initiative. NASA@ My Library is offered by the National Center for Interactive Learning (NCIL) at the Space Science Institute (SSI) in partnership with the American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, the Pacific Science Center, Cornerstones of Science, and the Education Development Center. Collaborators include the NASA Earth Science Education Collaborative. Funding comes from NASA’s Science Mission Directorate via cooperative agreement No. NNX16AE30A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed by NASA@ My Library do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.


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