Lifestyle
A Weather Satellite Just Beamed Down Absolutely Gorgeous Photos of Earth
Wow
IMAGE NOAA National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)
Comments

It's 2018, and meteorologists still can't give us an accurate read on the weather forecast this weekend. But you'll be happy to know Earth's finest weather satellites serve a second purpose: dazzling us with glorious photos of the planet taken from far, far above.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) launched a new weather satellite in March called GOES-17 that patrols space above the Western Hemisphere, giving us advanced imagery and atmospheric measurements of Earth. The atmospheric measurements are, I'm sure, fascinating. But we're here for the imagery.

These images, the first beamed down from GOES-17, were taken on May 20 and released this week. They were taken by combining infrared and visible bands of light, which allows forecasters to track storms in extreme detail. But for us non-scientists, they simply give us a look at our beautiful world.

Here, the sun sets on the Western Hemisphere.

This imagery shows stratocumulus clouds moving over the Pacific.

Here, stratus clouds gather over California.

And finally, smoke plumes from wildfires in Canada.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Sarah Rense
View Other Articles From Sarah
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
We asked some music lovers who work around the industry where and how they discover new earcandy, sans the algorithm.
 
Share
She almost didn't make it into The Blues Brothers.
 
Share
 
Share
The iPhone's next trick? Getting you out of the airport faster
 
Share
 
Share
The most stylish season of the year is coming up fast.
 
Share
On May 25, 2000, just as PAL flight 812 was about to land in Manila, a passenger listed as Augusto Lakandula announced the beginning of one of the most bizarre hijackings in commercial flight history.
 
Share
On the up side, it's also great footage of the ER staff doing their jobs in the face of difficult circumstances.
 
Share
The star of <em>Goyo: Ang Batang Heneral</em> on becoming the complex historical figure.
 
Share
Load More Articles