“I don’t want to believe. I want to know.”
― Carl Sagan
Current GOES 16 False Color Satellite Imagery
Below is the current GOES-East Satellite Imagery.
I have an automated script to upload, from my GOES receiver, the GOES 16 Imagery received within the 1/2 last hour. If you are seeing a completely black image, it is because it is a nighttime view of the Earth from the GOES16 Satellite. GOES is sort of color blind. That is, it does not “see” in Red Green Blue (RGB), there is no ‘green’ channel. The ABI has 16 separate bands, and in this case, Channel 02 and Ch13 are used to create a false-color image. The Near-Infrared Band (CH02) or ‘veggie” (which is referred to because of the strong elected signal from the vegetated surface can be used to fill in the green wavelength. (explained more on the GOES Satellite Reception pages) You may have to reload the page to see the newest imagery.
Satellite: 75.2W GOES 16
Azimuth (true): 160.5°
Azimuth (magn.): 163.7°
GOES-16 provides high spatial and temporal resolution imagery of the Earth through 16 spectral bands at visible and infrared wavelengths using its Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI). The Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI) is the primary imaging instrument on GOES-16, providing over 65 percent of all GOES-16 data products.
None of this would be possible without the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration or NOAA. Allowing anyone with some moderate talent to be able to tap into this resource is amazing. In addition to the fantastic resources and programmers who have, (and in many cases for free), authored the software that allows reception of all this satellite data, I want to thank some of the government and educational institutions that have patiently answered my technical questions.
- The Office of Satellite and Product Operations (OSPO)
- National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)
- Space Science and Engineering Center (SSEC) Really a fantastic resource and the staff have been incredible at answering my questions!
- Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies (CIMSS) Yet another fantastic resource and have again helped me with my tech questions.
- Advanced Satellite Products Branch (ASPB) For answering my questions on new ‘products’.
I have to admit, I am lucky that the SSEC and CMISS are right here in Wisconsin as part of the University of Wisconsin Just a few miles from me!