Weather Satellite

GOES satellite images from May 1999 to May 2000 were used to make this video. The images were taken at the same time each day.

GOES stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (GOES). The program is a cooperative effort between NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Two satellites monitor North America's weather. Geostationary means the satellites' orbits match Earth's rotation. It looks like the satellites don't move. They are always in the same location overhead.

You can learn more about the GOES program at https://science.hq.nasa.gov/missions/satellite_47.htm.

To view the latest GOES images, plus archived images, link to https://www.goes.noaa.gov/.


GOES-8 is positioned above 75° West longitude. It is also known as GOES-East. GOES-8 monitors North, South, and Central America as well as the Atlantic Ocean, part of western Africa, and a portion of the South Pacific. GOES-8 helps meteorologists track hurricanes in the Atlantic Ocean.

These movies provide an index that allows access to any specific date.

Medium GOES-8 Satellite Year Movie (4 MB).

Large GOES-8 Satellite Year Movie (15 MB).

These movies do not have the image index, and may load faster from the CD-ROM.

Medium GOES-8 Satellite Year Movie (4 MB).

Large GOES-8 Satellite Year Movie (15 MB).

As you watch the GOES-8 video, try to answer these questions.

View Close-up Movie: May 3, 1999 (470 K).