How high are the satellites which take our cloud images?

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by Jeff Renner

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KING5.com

Posted on October 20, 2009 at 1:19 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 14 at 9:20 AM

How high are the satellites that take the images of the clouds we show on television.

The GOES West satellite (GOES stands for Geo-stationary Operational Environmental Satellite) orbits the earth at an altitude of 22,240 miles; that's altitude results in an orbit which moves at the same speed as the earth rotates, which allows it to take a near-continuous stream of photos of the same place. That's important, as it enables us to produce the satellite loops that are very important in analyzing changes in weather systems.

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