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Earth Images from Himawari-8

Earth Images from Himawari-8

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, December 30, 2015/Categories: natural history, photography, space science, sustainability, art and design, environment, climate change

               The Western Pacific Ocean in Infrared, 12-30-15  (credit: JMA)

The Japanese Meteorological Agency (JMA) has a new satellite in operation, the Himawari-8, that captures images of Earth in virtually 'real time' every few minutes. The super high-resolution photographs are being used for marine sediment and weather monitoring; to provide cyclone, tsunami, and volcano eruption warnings; and also for their visual beauty in photo-animations.

You can visit the Himawari-8 satellite imagery dashboard and navigate through the most recent visual animations at different rates of playback. The weather report by the nightly newscaster will seem archaic in comparison with the "weathertainers" looking silly in their seasonally colored coats.

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