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The new face of the Earth

An unprecedented portrait of our planet in the high-resolution photos taken by a new weather satellite.

The moon peeps on the earth’s surface into a new image taken from the GOES-16 satellite on 15 January. Launched in November 2016, the satellite is the latest in a series of probes managed by NOAA – the US Agency for oceans and atmosphere – to monitor our planet today is located at an altitude of 36,000 meters. The satellite has sent to Earth the first images taken by said instrument Advanced Baseline Imager, showing the Earth and the atmosphere in extraordinary detail.

The instrument can take pictures that reproduce an entire hemisphere to a four times higher resolution than that achieved by any other satellite. Another strong point is its speed: can get a complete image of the United States continental every five minutes and the entire planet every 15. On board then there is a detector of lightning and other weather instruments from the unprecedented sensitivity. Thanks to the images and other data collected by the satellite, scientists will be able to better monitor climate, issue more accurate forecasts and issue warnings especially of extreme events such as storms, hurricanes, fires, dust storms, volcanic eruptions and so on. All these tools enhance the timing and accuracy of the information on which meteorologists and authorities rely for their predictions. All this, moreover, allow the development of more accurate models to understand how changes our dynamic planet. Detailed image of the entire Western Hemisphere taken by GOES-15

The right edge of this image you see the dry air layer, often mixed with dust and sand of the Sahara, which move from the African coast can affect the intensity and the formation of tropical cyclones.

GOES-15 observed from a privileged position a huge storm system that crossed North America causing dangerous frosts throughout the United States.

The shallow water marks of the Caribbean appear hues of a blue lit in this photo taken by GOES-16.



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