Interpreting Satellite Visible Images.

Dark areas in a visible image represent geographic regions were small amounts of visible light from the sun are reflected back to space. Whiter regions are objects that are highly reflective.

The oceans are usually dark while snow and thick clouds are bright.

Don't be fooled by visible imagery.

Latest GOES-East visible image.

Latest GOES-West visible image.

The Verner E. Suomi Virtual Museum development funded in part by the National Science Foundation Grant #EAR9809458.  Material presented is Copyrighted (C) 1999 by Steve Ackerman and Tom Whittaker.  If you have questions or comments, please let us know!