The satellite GOES-16 gave the first pictures of Earth


As reported, national oceanic and atmospheric administration has released the first pictures of Earth taken by satellite GOES-16.

Satellite GOES-16 (previously known as GOES-R) was launched on 19 November 2016 launch vehicle Atlas V 541 from launch complex SLC-41 at Cape Canaveral in Florida.

A geostationary satellite designed to conduct atmospheric and surface measurements of the Earth for weather forecasting, tracking storms, monitoring space weather and meteorological research.

Published images were obtained using the ABI — Advanced Baseline Imager. This is the main instrument of the satellite for imaging weather and climate of the Earth, and to monitor the environment. The tool has 16 spectral channels, including two channels of the visible range, four bands near-infrared, and ten infrared channels.

In addition, the on-Board equipment satellites include the geostationary lightning mapper, the solar ultraviolet sensor beams and sensor for extreme ultraviolet radiation, a magnetometer and a set of sensors for environmental monitoring.

Examples of pictures made on 15 January 2017.

Source: GIS-Association

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