US weather satellite releases first images

, it’s the first of many images to come from a satellite that will help monitor severe weather,

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite T satellite launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida on 1 March 

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its way to geostationary orbit, 35,888 kilometers above the equatorial Pacific ocean

At that altitude and latitude, Goes-18 orbits at the same rate as the Earth’s rotation,

Sitting at 137.2 degrees West longitude, GOES-18 will serve as the more westerly partner to GOES-16, 

 they will monitor severe weather and climate from West Africa to eastern Australia, and Alaska to Antarctica.

The color image GOES-18 produced is actually a synthesis of 16 different images,

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