The University of Oklahoma School of Meteorology Celebrates 50th Anniversary

nwcLocated in Norman, Oklahoma, The National Weather Center (or NWC) serves as a key component of the scientific world. The NWC works with multiple state agencies and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Their mission is to, “improve the understanding of events occurring in Earth’s atmosphere over a wide range of time and space scales.” The NWC provides an extensive library of scientific material to the surrounding community of meteorologists. They also answer query letters about the weather from citizens all over the United States.

On the fifth floor of the NWC, lies the nation’s largest meteorology and atmospheric science program, the University of Oklahoma’s School of Meteorology. The School of Meteorology (SoM) began humbly in 1960 and has grown to be the number-one severe-storm research hub in the country. The University of Oklahoma SoM is proudly announcing it’s 50th anniversary this year. The celebration will be hosted on campus, at the National Weather Center, in Norman. Read the rest of this entry »

University of Hawaii Astronomer Announces New Planet Similar to Earth

Artist Lynette Cook's conception shows the inner four planets of the Gliese 581 system

Artist Lynette Cook's conception shows the inner four planets of the Gliese 581 system

Generation Y might still be fumbling to fix their textbooks after NASA announced that Pluto was no longer a planet, but stop the presses once again, because scientists are saying they may have finally discovered a planet similar in structure to Earth!

Astronomer Nader Haghighipour from the University of Hawaii at Manoa has announced with his team that the potential new planet was found by a telescope at the W. M. Keck Observatory on Mauna Kea.

The planet supposedly has water on the surface, is in the Libra constellation 20 light years away and orbits the small star, Gliese 581. The rocky planet has strong gravity and is thought to be 30 percent bigger than Earth. Five other planets orbit Gliese 581 as well. The scientists on Haghighipour’s team have 238 unique observation of Gliese 581 and have been monitoring the star for 11 years. Read the rest of this entry »


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