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Real-Time Imagery

NOAA operates a fleet of environmental satellites that maintain a watchful eye on the Earth. Hover and click on the satellite missions below to load real-time imagery and learn more about our missions and how they serve the public.
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Suomi NPP

National Polar-orbiting Partnership

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GOES

Geostationary Orbiting Environmental Satellite

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DMSP

Defense Meteorological Satellite Program

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Jason-2

Jason-2

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DSCOVR

Deep Space Climate Observatory

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GOES-R

Geostationary Orbiting Environmental Satellite - R Series

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Suomi NPP

  • Suomi NPP
  • Suomi NPP Image
    Suomi NPP Image
  • Orbit:824 km above the earth, sun-synchronous orbit around the North and South poles approximately every 100 minutes
  • Data:Microwave and infrared sounding for atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles, ozone mapping, infrared and visible imagery
  • Benefits:Continues supports weather forecasting, climate research, ocean dynamics research, volcanic eruption monitoring, forest fire detection, global vegetation analysis. Enhanced capabilities of S-NPP allow it to gather more information and in higher resolution than its predecessor POES satellites, including the ability to see Earth in true color. (NPP is the precursor to JPSS, NOAA NASA Joint Polar Satellite System.)
  • Daily Image:The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) instrument provides daily true color imagery.
  • JPSS Website

GOES-O

  • GOES-O
  • GOES East Daily Image
    GOES East Daily Image
  • Orbit:35,800 km (22,300 miles) above the earth, stationary positions over North America provide continuous coverage and a full disk image every 30 minutes
  • Data:Visible and x-ray imagery, atmospheric temperature and moisture profiles, magnetospheric measures like high energy particles
  • Benefits:Critical for identifying severe weather, snow storms, tropical storms and hurricanes; also used for space weather monitoring
  • Daily Image:This image provides regional coverage from GOES East. You can also download GOES West imagery as well as a daily full disk image.
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DMSP

  • DMSP
  • DMSP Daily Image
    DMSP Daily Image
  • Orbit:Low Earth orbit (LEO), provides global coverage twice per day
  • Data:Sensors provide imagery of clouds, fire, pollution and daily global map of snow and ice cover
  • Benefits:Along with data from other satellites, snow and ice cover observations contribute to climate change and sea-level rise, other observations help determine cloud type and height, land and ocean surface temperatures and ocean currents
  • Daily Image:Sea ice is a layer of frozen water that floats on top of the sea surface. It can be a thin sheet or meters thick. This imagery shows the concentration of sea ice
  • DMSP Website

JASON

  • JASON
  • Jason-2 Daily Image
    Jason-2 Daily Image
  • Orbit:1,336 km above the Earth, non-sun-synchronous orbit, monitors 95 percent of Earth's ice-free ocean every 10 days
  • Data:Measures sea surface height for determining ocean circulation, sea level rise and wave height
  • Benefits:Part of the Ocean Surface Topography Mission, Jason-2 data is used for climate change research and a new suite of data products produced by NOAA to predict where hurricanes are likely to form, strengthen or weaken
  • Daily Image:Ocean depth of 26oC water. Pink areas indicate surface water at 26 degrees Celsius or warmer; purple indicates deep layers of warm water
  • Jason-2 Website
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DSCOVR

  • DSCOVR
  • DSCOVR Image
    DSCOVR Image
  • Orbit:L1 (Lagrangian point 1) orbit, about 1 million miles between Earth and the sun
  • Data:Solar wind observations, including velocity distribution and magnetic field
  • Benefits:The only data source that supports a 15-60 min lead time on geomagnetic storm warnings; these storms can disrupt transportation, power grids, telecommunications and GPS
  • Daily Image:After launch, DSCOVR will have a continuous view of the sun-lit face of Earth
  • DSCOVR Website

GOES-R

  • GOES-R
  • GOES-R Real-Time Simulation
    GOES-R Real-Time Simulation
  • Orbit:GOES-R Series satellites will replace current GOES satellites in geostationary orbit
  • Data:Earth's ocean and atmosphere and improve space weather monitoring.
  • Benefits:GOES-R Series will greatly improve detection/observation of meteorological phenomena that directly impact public safety, protection of property, and economic health and development.
  • Daily Image:Real-time simulation of how GOES-R will measure atmospheric water vapor over the United States where orange regions indicate dry air, blue-white regions indicate moist air.
  • http://www.goes-r.gov

Satellite Products

Satellite data is used to develop operational products that meet user needs. Scientists at our Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) develop, test, validate, and refine the science algorithms used to create user-defined products. Our Office of Satellites Products and Operations (OSPO) collects, processes and distributes environmental satellite data and derived products covering Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, land and near-space conditions.

Raw, binary data from satellite sensors is transmitted to Earth as “RDR” files (Raw Data Records). RDR files are processed (data is calibrated and geolocated) and converted to “SDR” files (Sensor Data Records), which are the data most users receive. These data are also converted from raw counts to radiance, reflectance and/or brightness temperature. Some SDR files are processed and mapped, which converts them to “EDR” files (Environmental Data Records) containing environmental parameters and imagery.

Find satellite data online with the Comprehensive Large Array-data Stewardship System (CLASS), which is an electronic library of NOAA environmental data.