GOES-16 Satellite Images of Contrails

Mick West

Staff member


GOES-16 is a new geostationary satellite with a high resolution camera. This is an interesting development for contrail spotters as it can potentially supply sequences of images that are similar in quality of MODIS Terra/Aqua with only minutes between the images, showing how contrails persist and spread.

It's similar to the Japanese Himawari-8 satellite which is parked over the equator south of Japan and produces images every ten minutes.