Groundbreaking New Lightning Sensor

NASA recently launched a new weather satellite called GOES-16 which floats in geostationary orbit 22,240 miles above earth’s surface.  It carries an instrument that provides a first-ever look at lightning from space.  The YouTube video below is an example of the data it can provide, showing about 36 hours’ worth of visible satellite and lightning imagery from the system that caused the flooding and blizzard this past weekend.

 

Fun fact – lighting strikes the earth on average 100 times per second, and each bolt can contain up to a billion volts of electricity!  #itsamazingoutthere