In Sight

A New Age of Weather Satellites

New high-resolution images from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Photo: NOAA / NASA.
Photo: NOAA / NASA.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) released the first high-resolution images from its newly launched GOES-16, formerly GOES-R, American satellite on Jan. 23. Included among them are a composite color full-disk visible image of the Western Hemisphere captured on Jan. 15.
The satellite will help revolutionize weather forecasting in numerous ways, including sending back data faster and generating images in higher resolution that will lead to more accurate forecasts. Situated in orbit about 23,000 miles above Earth, GOES-16 can provide a full image of Earth every 15 minutes and one of the continental U.S. every five minutes.



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