From my backyard satellite station, here is an animation of images from approximately 11 AM EST Friday through Noon today. The dark splotches at the bottom are a self-protection mechanism that shades the satellite sensor from extremely bright reflections of solar energy.
I find the images fascinating and beautiful.
I was reminded of this quote from my files:
What was most significant about the lunar voyage was not that men set foot on the moon but that they set eye on the earth.Norman Cousins
Here is a description of infrared channel 9 of the GOES Advanced Baseline Imager:
ABI Band #9 – – 6.9 microns
IR (“Mid-Level Troposphere WV Band”)
Primary Uses: Mid-level feature detection