Daves Satellite Photo Page.
This page shows a variety of satellite pictures, received and processed by myself direct from the spacecraft or via a server satellite.
The home-received Meteosat photos, are via a 80 cm dish, Skystar 2 integral receiver and the encrypted signals are processed via Eumetsat Tellcast Client plus MSG Data Manager and GeoSatSignal software (plus licences from Eumetsat and the UK Met office!)
Photo received and processed by myself via the Meteosat 5 spacecraft. View includes Persian Gulf, Himalayas (centre right) with snow on summits, Caspian Sea (large lake at upper left), & includes the countries of Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kashmir and to the north is Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan & Tajikistan. The photo was taken two days after the massive Pakistan/Kashmir Earthquake. (Original visual & IR images "Meteosat Data copyright 2005 EUMETSAT)
23rd Sept 2005 1500UTC. "Whole Globe" Hurricane Rita Image received and processed by myself. (Original visual & IR images "Meteosat Data copyright 2005 EUMETSAT)
Image received and processed on 12th Dec 2005 when a huge explosion occurred at the Hemel Hempstead Oil Refinery. The large dark patch in the South East UK shows the area covered by the oil "cloud" some 6 hours after the explosion took place. Ignore the red cross - that's MY location! (Original visual & IR images "Meteosat Data copyright 2005 EUMETSAT)
Image received and processed 21.09.06 showing the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser in Egypt. (Original visual & IR images "Meteosat Data copyright 2006 EUMETSAT)
Image received and processed at 1200 GMT on 20th March 2007. Although on this day, most of Northern Europe was covered in cloud, Southern Spain and Gibraltar were in sunshine. (Original visual & IR images "Meteosat Data copyright 2007 EUMETSAT)
So what happens when it gets dark? See below!
The image above was taken when it was dark in Europe.... on the same day as the previous photo - note how the clouds have moved slightly. This time however, the images were taken by the Infra Red Imager (on the MSG-1 spacecraft) which measures and images "heat" rather than "visual" objects - no light required! The spacecraft does in fact take 12 pictures every 15 minutes at various resolutions in both visual, infra red and water vapour formats. (Original visual & IR images "Meteosat Data copyright 2007 EUMETSAT)
Image received at 1200 GMT on 20th March 2007 Sand storms from both the Alexandria area in Egypt and Libya can be seen crossing the Mediterranean. The Nile and its delta - and even the Suez canal - can be seen on this image. (Original visual & IR images "Meteosat Data copyright 2007 EUMETSAT)
METOP SATELLITE PHOTOS
Following the successful launch of the Eumetsat METOP satellite into low earth polar orbit late last year (October 2006) the spacecraft is currently (April 2007) undergoing commisioning tests. Despite not yet being fully operational, small numbers of individuals have been granted licences by Eumetsat to access the data from METOP and a few examples are shown below. The equipment used to produce the following images is the original 80cm dish and Skystar 2 receiver with the encryped data being processed by Eumetsat Tellcast Client, MetOp Manager and HRPT Reader software.
The label on the above photo should read "WEST coast of Greenland"! The individual icebergs can be seen in incredible clarity. (Original visual and IR images copyright Metop Eumetsat 2007)
Florida and Cuba on a clear day! (Original visual and IR images copyright Metop Eumetsat 2007)
The Arctic Ocean island of Novaya Zemlya off the coast of Northern Russia (well known during the "cold war" for its nuclear weapons testing) taken in late April 2007. Once again the break up of the sea ice between the island and the Russian mainland can be seen. (Original visual & IR images copyright Metop Eumetsat 2007)
11.05.2007 at 0449 GMT. India from 800 kms above the earths surface! The Himalayas can be seen to the North of India with snow on the peaks and the mountains of Afghanistan are at the upper left of the image. The lake at the top left is in Uzbekistan. The "empty" area in the very top centre of the image is the massive Taklimakan Desert in Sinkiang, China. (Original visual & IR images copyright Metop Eumetsat 2007)
11.05.2007. METOP satellite southbound. Bospherous and the Greek Islands. (Original visual & IR images copyright Metop Eumetsat 2007)
Full details of software used to produce these images can be found at the SatSignal software pages. To learn how to take pictures like these yourself go the web page of the Group for Earth Observation.
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