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Visible Satellite - Hemisphere -6 hr

Visible Satellite - Hemisphere -6 hr
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Due to the differences in scanning strategy between GOES-West (GOES-15) and GOES-East (GOES-16), we are unable to provide a complete hemispheric view. NOAA removed the Super National Composites from NOAAPort which were previously used to make this image. We will restore the full view when GOES-S is launched. This image is the equivalent of taking a black and white photo of the earth. The bright areas show where the sun is being reflected back into space as a result of clouds or snow cover. Clouds and snow show up white. The thicker the cloud, the brighter the color. Land surfaces show up as gray and ocean surfaces nearly black. The major limitation to visible imagery is that it is only valid during daylight.