The latest weather satellite takes pictures of a hemisphere
The first pictures, 2017, from an orbit at an altitude of 36,000 kilometers above the Earth. Pictures published National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The satellite GOES-16 is able to take pictures of the whole hemisphere in high definition every 15 minutes, which will help scientists and meteorologists conduct weather observations and predict natural disasters with greater accuracy.
The Caribbean islands and the United States of the South-East.
image resolution GOES-16 is four times higher resolution photos of other satellites in the same series, and its speed is 5 times higher.
Now the satellite is at an altitude of 36,000 kilometers above the Earth, and that is why it can take a picture of our planet as a whole. 5.
In comparison, the International Space Station is located at an altitude of 400 kilometers.
GOES-16 was launched on 19 November 2016 from the spaceport at Cape Canaveral and tested two months of operation.
He now has a year of the trial period, after the completion of the satellite which will translate into a new orbit, to determine where it will be most useful.
This 16-panel image shows the continental United States in two visible channels, four near-infrared and infrared 10 channels of the main area. These channels help to distinguish in an atmosphere of water vapor clouds, smoke, ice, and volcanic ash.