Stunning Earth UHD imagery from new GOES 16 satellite


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Finally, a weather satellite showing Earth from space “goes” high definition.

With five-times greater coverage, four-times the spatial resolution, and three-times the spectral channels than earlier generations of GOES-16’s Advanced Baseline Imager can provide more detailed imagery and multi-task in ways that previous GOES imagers could not. For proof of that, consider the following image comparing full-disk images captured by two NOAA satellites — GOES-16 and GOES-13 — at the same time on the same day: 1:07 p.m. EST on January 15, 2017.

goes_16_and_goes_13_comparison_from_the_same_day_jan_15_2017_high_res GOES-16 and GOES-13 Earth Photo Comparison from Jan 15, 2017. – Click image for hi-res picture

On the left is a color-composite full-disk image from NOAA’s newest geostationary weather satellite GOES-16 (located at 89.5 degrees West longitude), which was created by combining data from the ABI’s 16 spectral channels. By comparison, the imager aboard GOES-13 has just five spectral channels, and their data cannot be combined to…

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