Stereoscopic views of Hurricane Bill

August 20th, 2009 |


GOES-14, which was launched on 27 June and is now undergoing post-launch check-out, is over the Equator at 90 degrees W longitude, whereas GOES-12, the operational GOES-East, is over the Equator at 75 W Longitude. The two satellites give slightly different views of Hurricane Bill, and stereoscopy can be used to view the visible imagery, allowing three dimensions to be perceived. This is done by crossing your eyes to produce three images; when the middle image comes into focus, three dimensions can be perceived.

In this case, stereoscopy shows vertical structure to the clouds, and also the presence of cirrus over the Hurricane eye.

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