HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Science » Science (Group) » NOAAs GOES-16 Satellite S...

Wed Jan 25, 2017, 12:22 AM

NOAAs GOES-16 Satellite Sends First Images to Earth


GOES-16, the first spacecraft in NOAA’s next-generation of geostationary satellites, has sent the first high-resolution images from its Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument. Included among them are a composite color full-disk visible image of the Western Hemisphere captured on January 15, 2017. Created using several of the ABI’s 16 spectral channels, the full-disk image offers an example the satellite’s advanced technology.


The ABI can provide a full disk image of the Earth every 15 minutes, one of the continental U.S. every five minutes, and has the ability to target regional areas where severe weather, hurricanes, wildfires, volcanic eruptions or other high-impact environmental phenomena are occurring as often as every 30 seconds. The ABI covers the Earth five-times faster than the current generation GOES imagers and has four times greater spatial resolution, allowing meteorologists to see smaller features of the Earth’s atmosphere and weather systems.

More at link:
https://www.nasa.gov/feature/goddard/2017/goes-16-sends-first-images-to-earth

I remember when they launched this as GOES-R last year. They said that it would provide more astrological and meteorological data in 6 months than we've collected in the past 40 years. After leaving Earth, it takes 6 months for the satellite to unpack itself and be fully functional. This is one of my favorite projects that I follow closely. GOES-S should be ready to launch this year.

5 replies, 1406 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 5 replies Author Time Post
Reply NOAAs GOES-16 Satellite Sends First Images to Earth (Original post)
Quackers Jan 2017 OP
Doreen Jan 2017 #1
Quackers Jan 2017 #2
Doreen Jan 2017 #3
Buckeye_Democrat Jan 2017 #5
Quackers Jan 2017 #4

Response to Quackers (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2017, 12:33 AM

1. Are those clouds or polution?

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Doreen (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 25, 2017, 12:38 AM

2. Clouds mostly

Pollution adds to it as well as wildfires and volcanic eruptions when they happen. It's not too bad for being January though. Just wait till the satellite becomes fully operational. The live storm data in HD will be amazing!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Quackers (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 25, 2017, 12:56 AM

3. I am glad mostly clouds because it would be

sad if that much was pollution. Well, I guess we better enjoy seeing that before the cover is pollution or dictator does shut off the satellite.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Doreen (Reply #3)

Wed Jan 25, 2017, 07:18 AM

5. Water vapor is a stronger greenhouse gas than CO2. However....

what climate change deniers don't mention, when they bring that up, is that it doesn't stay in the atmosphere nearly as long. Water evaporates and precipitates back to the ground a few days later.

CO2 stays in the atmosphere FAR longer, so it's a more consistent driver of overall warming.







Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Quackers (Original post)

Wed Jan 25, 2017, 06:56 AM

4. Side by side comparison

Here is a side by side comparison with an older model satellite and the new GOES-16. The pictures were taken at the same time on the same day.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread