Himawari-8 Launched from Tanegashima Space Center
The Japanese Satellite Himawari-8 was successfully launched from
southern Tanegashima Island today at 05:16 UTC. (NASA News Source). Is the plume from that launch visible in MTSAT imagery? The visible imagery with a nominal time of 0514 UTC was actually scanning Tanegashima Island at 0519 UTC, and a plume, denoted by the yellow arrow above, is visible off the southern edge of the Island. (The 0501 UTC image of the same scene, pre-launch, is here).