If you want to know how much it rains on Earth, you must listen to the clouds.

A new satellite with a Colorado-built listening system will begin doing just

that after its Thursday launch.

The Global Precipitation Measurement Core Observatory, built in partnership between NASA and the Japanese space agency JAXA, is designed to answer questions about how much rain and snow falls from the sky in places where it's not monitored, including over wildlands and oceans.

"It's able to do what previous systems have not been able to do," said Kevin Cook, with the Colorado Springs-based Space Foundation.

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