NOAA’s most advanced weather satellite captures stunning images

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Full snapshot of Earth’s Western Hemisphere disk captured by GOES-17 using the Advanced Baseline Imager instrument. Photo credit: NOAA/NASA

The first pictures of The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration(NOAA) GOES-17 Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) has made its public debut. The Western Hemisphere imagery was created using two visible bands (blue and red) and a near-infrared “vegetation” band that are functional with current cooling system performance. The debut comes as experts continue to fix a problem with the satellite’s imager cooling system. The imagery also incorporates input from one of the ABI’s “long wave” infrared bands which operated for part of the day despite the problem with the cooling system.

When combined into a “GeoColor” image, depicting the Earth in vivid detail and colors intuitive to human vision, these bands provide valuable information for monitoring dust, haze, smoke, clouds, fog , winds and vegetation. ABI imagery also provides information about cloud movement, helping meteorologists monitor and predict severe weather and hurricanes. The improved resolution and faster scanning capability of the instrument compared to the previous generation of GOES allows forecasters to more quickly detect and analyze storms as they develop.

GOES-17 captured the sunset over Earth’s western hemisphere on May 20, using the ABI instrument. This view from over 22,000 miles in space is presented in GeoColor, as described above.

Launched in March, GOES-17 is the second in a series of next-generation geostationary weather satellites. Like GOES-16, its sister satellite operating as GOES East, GOES-17 is designed to provide advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements of the Earth 22,300 miles above the equator.

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