The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the United States has brought to light a newly made video pointing out as to how beautiful a lightning strike appears from space. The action looked simply mesmerizing and the effects were an unmatched beauty. As shown in the video clip, the lightning occurs amidst the clouds floating over the South and North America.
This footage surfaced on 9th May is the very first-of-its-kind picture taken up by the Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM). The GLM is an instrument attached to the GOES-17 satellite of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that was launched this year in the month of March.
The official website of NOAA wrote, “NOAA GOES-17 satellite has transmitted its first Geostationary Lightning Mapper (GLM) data. This GLM data in this animation shows storms quickly intensifying and forming into an impressive line across the U.S. Plains on May 9, 2018.” As further said by NOAA in the website, the GLM observes lightning and predicts storms in the Western Hemisphere along with their potency. It gives early indications of any approaching potential danger. As written by the officials of NOAA on 21st May in the video description, “Rapid increases of lightning are a signal that a storm may strengthen quickly and could produce severe weather.”
The second Geostationary Lightning Mapper to ever reach orbit has shared its first images. This initial imagery from NOAA’s recently launched #GOES17 satellite captures a line of severe storms over the Plains. See the full video: https://t.co/vG1UNhouIH pic.twitter.com/RC2bsbYVGr
— NOAA Satellites (@NOAASatellites) May 21, 2018
The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite, GOES-17, was launched near about twenty-two thousand three hundred miles (thirty-five thousand nine hundred kilometers) above our planet. At the present, this satellite of NOAA flies off South America’s western coast.