New NOAA Weather Satellite Delivers Its First Stunning Views of Earth

Storms, volcanic eruptions, forest fires, clouds. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s new GOES-18 satellite will observe them all, helping us better predict and understand weather patterns, climate issues and natural disasters. NASA launched the satellitewhich was originally known as GOES-T, on March 1 and is now returning revealing views of Earth.

NOAA shared the first images from the satellite on Wednesday. A video tour shows beautiful shots of Earth and intense images of storms, dust and wildfires.

GOES-18 is a geostationary satellite, so it stays on an orbital path 35,800 kilometers above the equator, allowing it to continuously see the Western Hemisphere, following the same extent of the Earth at all times. Earth. “We are getting 30 times more data on this satellite than on previous satellites,” said Alreen Knaub, deputy program manager of GOES-T. “We do space weather, solar weather and Earth weather.”

The GOES-18 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) instrument provided these views of the United States in different wavelengths.


The new images show that the satellite is working as expected. “GOES-18 is currently undergoing post-launch testing, validation and calibration of its instruments and systems to prepare it for operations,” NOAA said in a statement. If all goes well, the satellite will gain a new name, GOES West, in early 2023 taking over from the incumbent GOES-17 satellite, which has faced technical challenges.

GOES-18 will become a crucial tool for weather forecasting and tracking storms and disasters below. His images of our blue marble can also remind us that we live on an island – a place that is both beautiful and fragile – in space.

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