Africa and Europe shine in new satellite photo
Satellite MSG-4 captured its first colorful image of Earth from its position in geostationary orbit. Geostationary satellites stay in place over a specific point on Earth, enabling meteorologists to see a weather system evolve.
MSG-4 is Europe’s latest geostationary weather satellite. It was launched on 15 July, and will become is fully operational after six months of commissioning. Once MSG-4 is commissioned, it will be re-named Meteosat-11. The satellite will wait in space, in a hibernated state, until one of the other Meteosats needs to be replaced.
Currently there are four satellites of this kind — named Meteosat 7, 8, 9 and 10. Previous MSG-series satellites – Meteosat 7, 8 and 10. They are currently online sending high-resolution images of Europe, Africa and parts of the Indian and Atlantic Oceans every 15 minutes.