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First Image from NOAA-19
NOAA-19 first image taken by Fred E. Piering First Image from NOAA-19. Image Credit: Fred Piering, Weather Satellite Hobbyist
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This NOAA-19 Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR/3) Automatic Picture Transmission (APT) image was taken in by Fred E. Piering from orbit 4 on February 6, 2009 at 1814 Zulu Time (1:14 p.m. EST). APT imagery has nearly equal geometric resolution of 4 km (2.4 mile) along the scan line.

Piering used a home built antenna and receiver. He describes himself as weather satellite hobbyist and has been active in APT data capture since 1971. Among the areas recognized in this image are the northern tip of South America, Cuba, the eastern Gulf of Mexico, Florida, the Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes, the east coast of the United Sates and Canada.

The dual images are from Channels 1 and 2 of the AVHRR/3. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA-N Prime spacecraft lifted off at 2:22 a.m. PST on February 6, 2009 onboard a NASA Delta II 7320-10 Space Launch Vehicle. NOAA-N Prime was renamed NOAA-19 after achieving orbit.

screen shot captured by Ed Murashie using David Taylor's Screen shot of NOAA-19's orbit. Image Credit: Ed Murashie, Beckman Coulter
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Where NOAA-19 Was During the First Light Image
This screen shot captured by Ed Murashie using David Taylor's "WXTrack program" shows NOAA-19's orbit over Fred Piering's house in Florida, as noted by the crosshair. The orange solid line indicates the satellite's path and the image center line. The orange dashed circle indicates Fred's horizon.

Fred received the image from the satellite as it rose over his southeastern horizon above South America, until it set over his northern horizon above Canada. Other weather satellite positions are shown as well.

For more information about NOAA-N Prime and the polar orbiting satellites, see the following web sites:
Cynthia O'Carroll
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center