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

2 comments:

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

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  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.

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