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NOAA Satellite Maps - Latest 3D Scene

This high-resolution imagery is provided by geostationary weather satellites permanently stationed more than 22,000 miles above the Earth. 

Use this web map to zoom in on real-time weather patterns developing around the world. 

Download imagery via the maps below.

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NOAA Satellite Maps - Latest 24 Hrs. and Global Archive - Downloadable Imagery

Click the map on the LEFT to see the latest 24-hour imagery of the Western Hemisphere and Pacific Ocean from our Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite system (GOES).

Zoom in on different locations and capture and download images using the Camera Icon camera icon. You can also use the Layers Icon 'Layers' icon to view the 'Infrared' and 'Water Vapor' imagery.

Click the map on the RIGHT to see the whole Earth as captured each day by our polar satellites, including our multiyear archive of data. 

Use the time slider Time Icon tool to go back in time to past satellite imagery.

Learn more about both of these maps here: FAQ Page


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Cloud Streets and Gravity Waves Seen From GOES-East

November 19, 2020

From Nov. 17–18, 2020, NOAA’s GOES-East viewed cloud streets that were generated by a northwesterly wind over the Great Lakes and Northeast, which is a fairly common setup during late fall and early winter. With a classic cold air pattern such as this one, a dense cold air mass interacts with relatively warmer land or water, which then causes rotating air currents that line up in the direction of the prevailing winds. This week, the interaction generated parallel bands of cumulus clouds, or cloud streets, over the Atlantic Ocean, ranging from Maine to the Carolinas.  >>



Combined GOES East visible and infrared imagery over the continental United States

Visible and Infrared Imagery

This imagery combines the latest half-hourly GOES infrared and visible images with NASA's "Blue Marble" data set to create real-time animations of the weather systems over the continental United States during the past 72 hours.

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GOES East colorized infrared imagery over the continental United States

Colorized Infrared

Infrared images can be "colorized" or "color-enhanced" to bring out details in cloud patterns. Depending on the type of enhancement, the colors are used to signify certain aspects of the data.

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GOES East colorized water vapor imagery over the continental United States

Water Vapor

Water vapor imagery, which is useful for both determining locations of moisture and atmospheric circulations, is created using a wavelength sensitive to the content of water vapor in the atmosphere.

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Satellite Imagery Collections

Image of the Day

Image of the Day

See the latest imagery of significant weather and environmental events from NOAA’s fleet of geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites.


Historic Events Gallery

Historic Events

Iconic satellite images from historic storms, floods, fires, and other events that most significantly impacted our lives.

Beautiful Places Gallery

Beautiful Places

Our most beautiful satellite imagery, from unique landscapes to colorful visualizations from across our planet Earth.


Data Visualizations Gallery

Data Visualizations

See how NOAA satellite data is used to create maps that measure the state of our planet.