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apparent dome over the earth, background of the clouds, sun, moon, and stars. The blue color of the clear daytime sky results from the selective scattering of light rays by the minute particles of dust and vapor in the earth's atmosphereatmosphere
[Gr.,=sphere of air], the mixture of gases surrounding a celestial body with sufficient gravity to maintain it. Although some details about the atmospheres of other planets and satellites are known, only the earth's atmosphere has been well studied, the science of
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. The rays with longer wavelengths (the reds and yellows) pass through most readily, whereas the shorter rays (the blues) are scattered. An excess of dust, especially in large particles, causes scattering of many rays besides the blue, and the sky "fades" and becomes whitish or hazy. The sky thus is clearest in winter, in the morning, after a rain, over a mountain, or over the ocean. Leonardo da Vinci experimented with light and attempted an explanation of the sky's blue color. The work on light and its behavior by Sir Isaac Newton, Lord Rayleigh, and other physicists provided explanations of rainbows, sky color, mirages, and other atmospheric phenomena.

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The sky usually signifies peace and freedom of expression when it is clear and blue. If cloudy and overcast, the sky may be forecasting sadness and trouble.


In the daytime the apparent blue dome resting on the earth along the horizon circle; at night the blue becomes nearly black.


1. the apparently dome-shaped expanse extending upwards from the horizon that is characteristically blue or grey during the day, red in the evening, and black at night
2. outer space, as seen from the earth
3. weather, as described by the appearance of the upper air
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But in a novel twist, environmentalists have also asserted that Clear Skies is actually weaker than the existing Clean Air Act--and would thus allow millions of tons of added pollution and inflict tens of thousands of needless deaths during the next decade.
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New Skies Satellites is an SES GLOBAL company (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) offering satellite communication services to a range of customers including telecommunications providers, broadcasters, corporations and governments around the world.
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With its complementary satellite fleet, New Skies offers a compelling strategic fit to SES GLOBAL, whose ASTRA and AMERICOM spacecraft are optimized to provide satellite services over Europe and North America.
Samantha McCloskey, New Skies' vice president of special events and occasional-use services, said: "Over the past several years, New Skies has worked diligently to support the ever-expanding network services of the EBU, one of the premier organizations within the world's broadcasting community.
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New Skies will then beam the signals via NSS-6 to one of the company's partner teleport facilities in the Middle East, where they will be retransmitted over NSS-7's European coverage beam.
They have always worked closely with us to help engineer and implement premium teleport solutions, and we are committed to their continued growth," said Chris Schram, vice president of network engineering and operations for New Skies.
New Skies Satellites (AEX, NYSE: NSK) is one of only four fixed satellite communications companies with truly global satellite coverage, offering video, data, voice and Internet communications services to a range of telecommunications carriers, broadcasters, large corporations, Internet service providers and government entities around the world.
With the addition of the new IPsys platform, New Skies will operate a total of 20 platforms for IPsys services via five satellites and six separate teleport facilities on four continents.
With a rare flexibility and customer-first approach, New Skies has enabled us to move forward with the confidence of having in place well in advance the resources to fulfill the exacting needs of our member broadcasters and their diverse audiences.