GOES-17 sees Landsat 9 Rocket Plume

September 28th, 2021 |

The ABI on NOAA‘s GOES-17 (GOES-West) was able to see the Landsat 9 rocket plume from Vandenberg Space Force base. The plume was most evident on ABI bands 7 (3.9 µm) and 8 (6.2 µm), using the mesoscale sector (1) on September 27, 2021.

The 16 spectral bands from GOES-17 on September 27, 2021 off the coast of California. Note bands 7 and 8.

The same animation as above, but as an animated gif. The 18:15 UTC image. CONUS and Full Disk 16-panel ABI images are also posted, for both GOES-16 and GOES-17. Similar, 6-panel (ABI bands 1-6) in both mp4 and animated gif formats where the plume shadow is evident.

GOES-17 “rocket plume” RGB on September 27, 2021.

The same “rocket plume” RGB animation as above, but as an animated gif. The 18:15 UTC image. A similar loop from AWIPS via Bill Line. More on the ‘rocket plume’ RGB: quick guide and CIMSS Satellite Blog post.

The plume shadow was also seen by the ABI, as noted in this NASA Earth Observation post.

H/T

NOAA GOES17 data are via the University of Wisconsin-Madison SSEC Satellite Data Services. McIDAS-X was used the generate the 16-panel imagery, while geo2grid was used to generate the ‘rocket plume’ RGB. Thanks also to Todd Beltracchi and Scott Bachmeier.