Space photo of Earth and the moon
Image: NASA

NASA just released the most detailed pictures of Earth ever and they are breathtaking. The pictures took weather satellite OAA’s GOES-16, also known as GOES-R – short for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite – the newest of a fleet of Earth-monitoring satellites.

Artist’s impression of GOES-R satellite in orbit. Image: Lockheed Martin

GOES-R satellite is most advanced geostationary weather satellite which is recently launched by NASA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. This satellite use powerful camera called The Advanced Baseline Imager ( ABI ), which among the rest, allows us to capture the greatest picture of the Earth. Also, this advanced camera is capable of taking an image of the entire Western Hemisphere every 15 minutes, or a specific region every 30 seconds, giving a much more precise view of events like hurricanes. GOES-R satellite use another interesting instrument called the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). This instrument takes continuous measurements of lightning within clouds. With four more cool instruments, GOES-R is a very impressive satellite, which gives fabulous pictures now.

Currently, GOES-16 is in a geostationary orbit 35,000 kilometers (22,000 miles) high and NASA just released the most detailed ‘full disk’ view of Earth.

A full disk image of Earth, showing West Africa to Guam.
A full disk image of Earth, showing West Africa to Guam, taken in several of the 16 channels available on the ABI. Image: NOAA/NASA
A significant storm crossing the United States
A significant storm is seen crossing the US. Image: NOAA/NASA
Saharan Dust Layer
The Saharan Dust Layer is seen on the far right of this image. Image: NOAA/NASA
The Caribbean and Florida as seen from space.
The Caribbean and Florida. Image: NOAA/NASA
Argentina in South America, with storms in the northeast and mountain wave clouds in the southwest.
Argentina in South America, with storms in the northeast and mountain wave clouds in the southwest. Image: NOAA/NASA
California and the Baja Peninsula in Mexico
California and the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. Image: NOAA/NASA
The Northeast coast of the United States
The Northeast coast of the United States. Image: NOAA/NASA
The Yutacan Peninsula in Mexico and Central America
The Yutacan Peninsula in Mexico and Central America. A fire and smoke can be seen on the southern coast of Mexico. Image: NOAA/NASA

“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,” said Stephen Volz, Ph.D., NOAA’s assistant administrator for Satellite and Information Services, in a statement. “The incredibly sharp images are everything we hoped for based on our tests before launch.”

 

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