GOES-R is one of 4 GOES satellites in the GOES series.
GOES = Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite.
Orbiting 22,000 miles above earth’s atmosphere.
Information will be received every 30 SECONDS.
Tracking lightening in REAL TIME.
Image resolution is 4x greater than other weather satellites AKA clearer images.
Solar Ultraviolet Imager will be keeping a close eye on our sun!-protecting astronauts, aircrafts, GPS signals and intense beach days!
Advanced baseline Imager will be doing most of the work tracking intense storms (like hurricanes) to give us a quicker. response rate as compared to past weather satellites.
Geosynchronous orbit- the satellite stays in one specified location above earth (in this case the Western hemisphere.) AKA the spotlight is on us!
Magnetometer tracks the magnetic field in space– this is the earth’s electro-magnetic field in which surrounds and protects the earth, AND the changes in magnetism coming from the sun and it’s super strong burst of energy. (see diagram taken from blog post about Aurora’s http://astroathens.com/auroras/)