Fifteen years later, AIRS continues to be a valuable asset for forecasters worldwide, sending 7 billion observations streaming into forecasting centers every day. Besides contributing to better forecasts, AIRS maps greenhouse gases, tracks volcanic emissions and and indicates regions that may be heading for a drought.
The Praemium Imperiale styles itself as Japan’s royal answer to Norway’s Nobel Prize. It identifies — and doles out awards to — some of the world’s greatest artists in the categories not recognized by the Nobel Prize. These fields of artistic endeavor are Painting, Sculpture, Architecture, Music, and Theatre/Film.
The hair on the back of my neck stood up and I felt different things as the eclipse reaches totality. It’s been described as peaceful, spiritual, exhilarating, shocking. If you’re feeling these things, don’t worry, you’re experiencing the total eclipse of the sun!