How Do You See Real-Time Satellite Images?

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To see real-time satellite images, visit the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA, and select one of the satellite missions to load real-time images from it to load. NOAA maintains a fleet of satellites that hover the over and take periodical images.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration maintains a satellite and information service that provides data and images from satellite missions to the public. As of 2015, each of the six satellite missions provides different sets of real-time images. Some of the satellites orbit around the Earth, while others stay focused on one region. For example, Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites focus on the United States and show images of weather patterns across the country. The Joint Polar Satellite System uses satellites that circle the Earth from pole-to-pole to provide full coverage of the Earth’s atmosphere, land and oceans.

Interested individuals can also see real-time satellite images by accessing the Earthdata service provided by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The service allows the public to browse and interact with satellite images from around the globe, and it allows visitors to download the underlying data. NASA uploads most of the images available on Earthdata within three hours of observation. The service uses third-party data providers to provide orbit tracks, ocean color, temperature data and other data.