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Weather satellite captures stunning images

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Posted at 11:08 AM, Jan 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-24 11:08:17-05

Brace yourselves for some of the most spectacular images you will see all day. 

NOAA released the first images ever taken by GOES-16, a weather satellite launched into space back in November from Cape Canaveral.

These images of the Western Hemisphere were taken on January 15th. One of the shots show a moon in the distance, and a storm system on earth that brought the plains significant ice accumulations. 

This new weather satellite can scan the earth five times faster than the old satellites. GOES-16 also has four times the resolution and triple the sensors of what the other weather satellites have.

Multiple channels aboard the GOES-16 will allow forecasters and meteorologists to better distinguish features such as clouds, dust, smoke as well as better detect and track severe weather. 

GOES 16 isn't just about monitoring our planets weather from space, but also space weather and solar activity.

The satellite will become fully operational in the fall.