NOAA releases first images of GOES-18 On May 11, 2022, NOAA shared the first images of the Western Hemisphere from its GOES-18 satellite. (NOAA)
NOAA has some exciting news to share. On May 11, NOAA gave us a new look at the Western Hemisphere using the new GOES-18 satellite. This latest satellite was launched on March 1 and will eventually replace GOES-17.
This brand new geostationary satellite recently captured stunning views of our planet using the satellite’s Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI). The ABI can view the Earth with sixteen different channels, measuring energy at different wavelengths along the electromagnetic spectrum to obtain information about the atmosphere, land and ocean.
According to NOAA, “The ABI provides high-resolution imagery and atmospheric measurements for short-range forecasts and severe weather warnings. ABI data is also used to detect and monitor environmental hazards such as forest fires, dust storms, volcanic eruptions, turbulence and fog.
GOES-18 undergoes “post-launch testing” to “validate and calibrate” its instruments and systems.
At the end of the summer, GOES-18 will support GOES-17 in GOES West operations until early 2023, when it will completely replace GOES-17.
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