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.
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.
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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Our next geostationary weather satellite has taken a major step forward on its journey to outer space. Launching March 1, 2018, @NOAA GOES-S which will become #GOES17 has been shipped to Kennedy Space Center today! @lockheedmartin@NASAKennedy@noaa@nasa Learn more on our website! (Link in Bio) ...
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!
The game-changing #GOESS satellite, seen here undergoing final prep for launch, is scheduled to liftoff today atop an @ulalaunch#AtlasV rocket. Should look great in the late afternoon sunlight as it tracks southeast from Florida, headed to a parking spot over the Pacific to provide unprecedented monitoring of various weather & even wildfires across the western U.S. It will see hotspots before they erupt & rapidly intensify, giving authorities more warning to take necessary actions.
A lot of people died last year from the raging fires, GOES-S will help prevent that in the future.
Liftoff at 5:02pm EST.