These are the first test infrared images from the recently
launched GOES 11 satellite, taken June 10, 2000. The
GOESGeostationary 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.