January 23, 2017

New Weather Satellite Sends First Images of Earth

The release of the first images today from NOAA’s newest satellite, GOES-16, is the latest step in a new age of weather satellites. This composite color full-disk visible image is from 1:07 p.m. EDT on January 15, 2017, and was created using several of the 16 spectral channels available on the GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument. The image shows North and South America and the surrounding oceans. GOES-16 observes Earth from an equatorial view approximately 22,300 miles high, creating full disk images like these, extending from the coast of West Africa, to Guam, and everything in between.

GOES-16, formerly known as GOES-R, is the first spacecraft in a new series of NASA-built advanced geostationary weather satellites. NASA successfully launched the satellite at 6:42 p.m. EST on November 19, 2016, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. NOAA manages the GOES-R Series Program through an integrated NOAA-NASA office. NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, oversees the acquisition of the GOES-R series spacecraft and instruments.

Image Credit: NOAA/NASA
Explanation from: https://www.nasa.gov/image-feature/new-weather-satellite-sends-first-images-of-earth


  1. Too kool ;-). Weather is so connected to human nature. Soon they should have this new 'goes sat' in full operation.

  2. It sure is pretty, isn't it? It like the recent storms cleaned up the earth, I don't know if that is possible, it might just be a brilliant picture from our new satellite.

  3. https://earthengine.google.com/timelapse/#v=26.76266,-83.10442,5.488,latLng&t=2.84