A new weather satellite has relayed its first images of Earth back to scientists, and the new collection, which includes an updated version of the iconic "Blue Marble" image of Earth, is simply stunning.
North America and South America were photographed by GOES-16 on January 15.
GOES-16 can provide a full image of Earth every 15 minutes and one of the continental US every five minutes, and scans the Earth at five times the speed of NOAA's current GOES imagers.
GOES-16 first made headlines when it launched November 19, 2016, under the name GOES-R, and was renamed after reaching orbit.
GOES-17 is already in the testing phase, according to NOAA, and two more are planned in the satellite series. As the satellite data reaches the earth, meteorologists run model to provide a reliable forecast of weather.
By the end of the year, GOES-16 will finish being tested and replace either GOES-15 (also called GOES WEST) or GOES-13 (GOES EAST) - weather satellites that launched in 2006 and 2010, respectively.
The GOES-16 can provide a full image of Earth every 15 minutes and one of the continental US every five minutes, and scans the Earth at five times the speed of NOAA's current GOES imagers.
GOES-16 takes us into a new realm of high definition imaging at faster processing speeds.
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GOES stands for geostationary operational environmental satellite.
The imager will help forecasters distinguish between clouds, water vapor, smoke and volcanic ash.
Your new lock screen photos have arrived, courtesy of NOAA's heavily hyped GOES-16 Satellite.
In its first publicly released set of images, GOES-16 captured the planet in intricate detail. The satellite is carrying six new instruments, including Geostationary Lightning Mapper.
Here is an example of what GOES-16's predecessors now give us, in 4-kilometre and 1-km resolution. GOES-16 will offer 3x more spectral channels with 4x greater resolution, 5x faster than ever before.
Dust can be seen off the coast of the African continent on the right side of this image.
GOES-16 also has a mode that allows NOAA mission managers to take images every 30 seconds.