Beautiful GOES East Ch9 Imagery

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