Spectacular First Images Released From GOES-16 Weather Satellite

Spectacular First Images Released From GOES-16 Weather Satellite

The first image taken by a high-tech camera on what has been called the most advanced weather satellite ever built has been transmitted.

The imager aboard GOES-16 is similar to upgraded cameras, also built by Harris Corp., that debuted on two Japanese weather satellites launched in 2014 and 2016. The imager was sent into space aboard the next-generation weather satellite called the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-16, or GOES 16.

After its launch on November 19 atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, GOES-16 spent about two weeks getting to its final geostationary orbit about 22,300 miles (35,900 kilometers) above North America, near the equator.

According to NOAA, the full-disk image from GOES-16's Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) has four times the resolution of the GOES-13 image, and it was scanned 5 times faster.

This composite color full-disk visible image was captured 1:07 p.m. ET on January 15 using several of the 16 spectral channels available on the GOES-16 Advanced Baseline Imager. Today, NOAA released the first photos from GOES-16, and needless to say, they are spectacular.

The school-bus-size satellite, known as "GOES-R" when it launched in November and now by its new name "GOES-16", is in a "geosynchronous" orbit of the Earth.

An artist’s rendering of GOES-16 which was launched into space in November
An artist’s rendering of GOES-16 which was launched into space in November

So, when GOES-16 finally becomes fully operational, later this year, we will not only get clearer, more detailed images of our weather, we'll have access to that data far faster and far more frequently.

The first photos taken by a new, revolutionary weather satellite orbiting Earth show our planet in a stark new light.

The satellite's high-resolution images should help scientists track lightning, volcanic ash, water vapor and other variables to better predict what weather is like around the United States.

Your new lock screen photos have arrived, courtesy of NOAA's heavily hyped GOES-16 Satellite. Looking closely, smoke from a fire can be seen on the Southern coast in the middle of the picture, just west of the Yucatan Peninsula.

This area of Mexico and Central America is seen from GOES-16 with a largely cloud-free view.

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