NOAA’s GOES-16 sent some amazing photos back earlier this month, showcasing both the Earth and the moon in amazing clarity.
The first image is pictured above and shows a composite colour full-disk visible image of the Western Hemisphere, it was captured by the spacecraft’s Advanced Baseline Imager instrument using several of its 16 spectral channels.
This instrument has been designed to take a full disk image of the Earth every 15 minutes and another of the continental US every five minutes.
It can also target specific regional areas where severe weather, hurricanes, wildfires, and other phenomena are occurring every 30 seconds. It is capable of covering the Earth five-time faster than the current generation of GOES with a greater spatial resolution by four times.
This allows meteorologists to see smaller details of the Earth’s atmosphere and weather systems.
Alongside the big picture of the Earth, GOES-16 captured the above image which is an amazing look at the surface of the Earth with the moon sitting behind it.
Stephen Volz, Ph.D., NOAA’s assistant administrator for Satellite and Information Services, Silver Spring, Maryland said the following about the photos:
“Seeing these first images from GOES-16 is a foundational moment for the team of scientists and engineers who worked to bring the satellite to launch and are now poised to explore new weather forecasting possibilities with this data and imagery, the incredibly sharp images are everything we hoped for based on our tests before launch. We look forward to exploiting these new images, along with our partners in the meteorology community, to make the most of this fantastic new satellite.”
You can read more about the images at the source link below.