If the sheer size of the Amazon isn't enough of a jaw-dropper, check out this electrifying sunrise reflecting off the Amazon River in northeastern #Brazil , seen from #GOES17 yesterday.
Notice the sunglint moving from east to west across the length of the river. What's sunglint? It’s a phenomenon that occurs when sunlight reflects off the surface of an ocean or other body of water at the same angle that a satellite is viewing the surface. Sunglint causes areas of calm water to become a silvery mirror, just as we see here along the Amazon.
The Amazon River discharges a greater volume of water than any other river basin in the world, and is the second-longest river on Earth.
This GOES-17 natural color imagery was obtained during a test phase of the satellite's full-disk imagery on October 1. All data is preliminary and non-operational.
New! @NOAA ’s GOES-17 satellite has sent us its very first images of Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific! On Nov. 13, 2018, #GOES17 reached its new orbital home at 137.2°W, allowing us to see the Last Frontier and Aloha State in high-definition like never before!
This view from the GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) shows high-level clouds moving over low clouds in the Hawaiian Islands on Nov. 13. Convective clouds can be seen forming on the windward side of the mountain slopes of the islands.
To see more GOES-17 images, click the link in our bio above!
Please note: GOES-17 data and imagery remains preliminary and non-operational until Dec. 10, 2018.
It’s official! 🛰️ GOES-17 is now operational as @NOAA 's GOES West satellite! The satellite's high-resolution visible and infrared imagery will help meteorologists better track weather and other environmental hazards impacting the western half of the country, including Alaska, California and Hawaii.
#GOES17 is NOAA’s second advanced geostationary weather satellite and the sister satellite to GOES-16 (also known as GOES East). Together the two satellites see more than half the globe from 22,000 miles out in space, from the west coast of Africa all the way to New Zealand.
This GeoColor imagery shows clouds bubbling up over Hawaii's Big Island on Jan. 15, 2019.
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The first in the GOES-R series of weather satellites became GOES East in December. The second will launch on Thursday and become GOES West in late 2018. This short video shows what the “East” and “West” mean. Learn more about what the satellites can do: http://www.goes-r.gov
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"LIFT OFF! The United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (@noaa ) next-generation weather satellite – GOES-S onboard, launched at 5:02 p.m. EST from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. ⠀
GOES-S is the second satellite in NOAA’s Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) – R Series. GOES-R, the first satellite in the series, launched in November 2016 and is now GOES-16. GOES-S will be designated GOES-17 upon reaching geostationary orbit. After a period of on-orbit test and checkout, GOES-17 will be operational as GOES-West, providing coverage of the western U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and the Pacific Ocean. Together, GOES-16 and GOES-17 will observe Earth from the west coast of Africa all the way to Guam, providing researchers and meteorologists with valuable data on weather systems five times faster and at four times the image resolution than previous GOES spacecraft, offering more accurate, reliable forecasts and severe weather outlooks. ⠀
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NOAA's #GOES17 satellite is on the move! On October 24, GOES-17 began drifting to its future GOES West operational location at 137.2°W longitude.
This animation shows what happens as GOES-17 moves westward from its checkout location at 89.5°W to its new vantage point over the eastern Pacific Ocean 22,000 miles from Earth. During the drift, which takes about three weeks, the satellite's instruments are not collecting or sending us any data.
As GOES-17 moves west, the GOES-15 satellite will drift eastward (from 135°W to 128°W) to make room for the newcomer. The GOES-15 drift begins October 29 and ends November 7, 2018.
GOES-17 will finish drifting on November 13 and become @NOAA 's operational GOES West satellite on December 10, 2018.
Learn more about how satellites change orbital positions by clicking the link in our bio!
Go GOES-S! NOAA’s newest geostationary weather satellite successfully launched at 5:02 pm ET today from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida. Watch the exciting first few seconds of liftoff as GOES-S began its journey into space! @noaa#GOESS#GOES17#satellite#launch#liftoff ...