Federal scientists announced, the newest weather satellite GOES-16-has sent back first images of the planet with high detail and resolution of the existing spacecraft.

“The Geostationary operational environmental satellite (GOES) can scan the entire Western Hemisphere in just five minutes, and it will revolutionize how sever weather forecasting is done” said meteorologist Ryan Maue, weather-Bell Analytics. The satellite as big as school bus, known as GPES-R which it was launched in November and now is in orbit of the Earth by its new name “GOES-16” .

This satellite remains in the same spot over the planet, about 22000 miles above the equator, and moves as the Earth rotates.

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Sometimes in May NOAA will announce the final planned location for GOES-16, and by November 2017 GOES -16 will be operational a either GOES-East or GOES-West. 

NOAA will use the satellite’s six new instruments to generate new or improved meteorological, Solar and space weather products.



This satellite takes space images to a whole new level, GOES -16 captured this view of the moon as it looked across the surface o f the Earth, this satellite will use the moon for calibration. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

A new environmental-monitoring satellite poised to launch


This satellite fly a lightning mapper higher than before, allowing monitoring severe-storm across the US and nearby regions, said NASA officials. It helps the forecaster with better situational awareness.

Goodman Explained that a typical forecaster may be looking at 20 storms at the same time, so the instrument could help them to find the storm with the most potential for damage.” They can get a diagnostic to get a warning out early,” he added.  The GOES-R instrument called the Geostationary Lightning Mapper, is supposed to watch lightning around the US and nearby oceans to a resolution of about 6.2 miles. This include cloud- to- cloud lightning, in cloud lightning and cloud –to- ground lightning. The project has been in development since 1979.

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Cloud eddy off the coast of Morocco. This intriguing feature may be caused by the airflow around the coastline and nearby Atlas Mountains. Where the Cloud patterns indicate vortices off Guadalupe is related to wind and differences in air temperature or quality of air such as smoke or caused by aerosols. 

As the satellite technology improves and more instrument will be added. The goal of the satellites would be to provide services for residential, commercial, and professional users around the world.


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