First Infrared Images from GOES 11

First Infrared Images from GOES 11
  • Credit:

    Images courtesy GOES Project Science team, NASA GSFC, data from NOAA-GOES

These are the first test infrared images from the recently launched GOES 11 satellite, taken June 10, 2000. The GOES—Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite— system observes weather 24 hours a day from two satellites orbiting above fixed points off the east and west coasts of the U.S.

The GOES imager carries four infrared detectors. The 3.9 micron channel is used for cloud studies and fire detection. The 6.9 micron channel detects water vapor, while the 11 micron channel observes the temperature of clouds, land, and sea surface. A 12 micron channel (not shown) differentiates between different types of high altitude clouds.

For more information and a library of GOES images, see the GOES Project Science page.

Images & Animations


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    3.9 µm
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    6.7 µm
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    11 µm
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    12 µm
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  • Visualization Date:

    June 12, 2000
  • Sensor(s):

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration