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The iconic MIT home page Spotlight features a daily-changing image and design that focuses on advances in research, technology and education taking place at the Institute. Though some Spotlights do run multiple days - for example Friday's spot usually runs through the weekend, we work very hard to maintain the daily-changing tradition. We've combed our servers and have compiled a digital archive of the Institute home page through the years - well over 2000 images. Enjoy!
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AeroAstro marks a centuryToday’s Spotlight is a slideshow of photographs featuring faculty and alumni of MIT AeroAstro. In order of appearance are: Dava Newman, David Mindell, Sheila Widnall, Ian Waitz, Mark Drela, Kerri Cahoy, Paulo Luzano, and Jamie Peraire, all photographed by Len Rubenstein. The last photograph, of Greg Chamitoff, is courtesy of Chamitoff.

Aeronautics and astronautics has come a long way in the past 100 years. The Institute pioneered the nation’s first aeronautical engineering course in 1914, and many say MIT defined the field. Today, the department is the top-ranked graduate and undergraduate program of its kind in the country, and faculty are preparing for a fantastic future ...

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The MIT home page Spotlight showcases the research, technology and education advances taking place at the Institute every day.

What makes it as a Spotlight image is an editorial decision by the MIT News Office based on factors that include timeliness, promotion of MIT's mission, the balance of interest to both internal and external audiences, and appropriateness.

We do welcome ideas and submissions for spotlights from community members, but please note we are not able to accommodate all requests. We are unable to run event previews or promotions as spotlights; for those looking to promote an event, we are happy to include your listing as an event headline on the homepage (when space is available). For more information, e-mail the spotlight team.

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Cloud source

Cloud source

Today’s Spotlight features a photograph, by Sean Davis, NOAA and CIRES, of cirrus clouds over a dust source region.

At any given time, cirrus clouds — the thin wisps of vapor that trail across the sky — cover nearly one‑third of the globe. These clouds coalesce in the upper layers of the troposphere, often more than 10 miles above the Earth’s surface.

Cirrus clouds influence global climate, cooling the planet by reflecting incoming solar radiation and warming it by trapping outgoing heat. Understanding the mechanisms by which these clouds form may help scientists better predict future climate patterns.

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