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A Brand New “Blue Marble” View of Earth

Article Updated: 23 Dec , 2015

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Europe’s latest geostationary weather satellite has captured its first image of Earth, and it’s a beauty! The Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) instrument on the Meteosat Second Generation-3 (MSG-3) satellite was launched on July 5, 2012, and has since been in the commission stage. ESA says it will still be a couple of months before it is ready for operations.

SEVIRI provides enhanced weather coverage for Europe and Africa in order to improve very short range forecasts, in particular for rapidly developing thunder storms or fog. It scans Earth’s surface and atmosphere every 15 minutes in 12 different wavelengths, to track cloud development. SEVIRI can pick out features as small as a kilometer across in the visible bands, and three kilometers in the infrared.

MSG-3 is the third in a series of four satellites. In addition to its weather-watching mission and collection of climate records, MSG-3 has two secondary payloads.

The Geostationary Earth Radiation Budget sensor measures both the amount of solar energy that is reflected back into space and the infrared energy radiated by the Earth system, to better understand climate processes.

A Search & Rescue transponder will turn the satellite into a relay for distress signals from emergency beacons.

You can see a high resolution version of the image from ESA here.

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delphinus100
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delphinus100
August 8, 2012 2:45 AM

What longitude is it above?

Lemoutan
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August 8, 2012 5:31 AM

Heavens Above says it’s 1.8 degrees north of the equator.

delphinus100
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delphinus100
August 8, 2012 10:22 AM

As a geostationary satellite pretty much should be. But I’m looking for degrees east or west…

Lemoutan
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August 8, 2012 10:48 AM

Ah. Right. Sorry. I pointed you at Heavens Above in case you’d not heard of it as a useful place for this kind of stuff. If you just want somebody to google “longitude MSG-3” for you, then – bippety boppety ting – 3.5 W is your answer. hth. smile

JonHanford
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JonHanford
August 8, 2012 3:05 PM

MSG-3 is currently at 3.5 degrees W longitude: http://www.satellite-calculations.com/Satellite/Catalog/38552.htm

delphinus100
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delphinus100
August 8, 2012 3:36 PM

Thanks, gentlemen, that’s what I was after.

Pete Wheeler
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August 8, 2012 6:23 AM

Is there an image like this that shows Australia?

Jezz_X
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Jezz_X
August 8, 2012 10:08 AM

I found this one on google images search

Dampe
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Dampe
August 8, 2012 3:02 PM

Poor Tasmania always looses out… razz
Are these single shots or multiple hundreds of images? I think I prefer the natural look of the original Apollo photos.

delphinus100
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delphinus100
August 8, 2012 3:40 PM

From geostationary altitude, it’s safe to say it’s a single exposure. (clouds wouldn’t piece together so well in multiple images, anyway…)

Peter Croft
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Peter Croft
August 9, 2012 2:39 AM

Well, if you Tassie devils moved out form under the clouds … Anyway, if you want maps of Tasmania, just go look at some nudist sites wink) A Sandgroper.

Conley Shedrick
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August 8, 2012 7:52 AM

Africa! smile my home… grin

Dan Sanderson
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August 8, 2012 8:39 AM

Hi-res here :

Jon Souter
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Jon Souter
August 8, 2012 11:28 AM

You can tell the instruments are already well calibrated – by how accurately they depict a huge bank of cloud over the UK and Scandinavia wink

Kevin Frushour
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August 8, 2012 1:14 PM

Is there a date for the photo? I always like to work out what I was doing when whole-earth shots are taken.

muffie1801
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muffie1801
August 14, 2012 3:07 PM

7th August at 09:45 UTC

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