July 14, 2015
Japan’s Himawari-8 weather satellite was launched on Oct. 7, 2014, and began operation on July 7, 2015. The satellite is in a geostationary orbit 22,000 miles from Earth, allowing for a full global view at twice the resolution of similar weather satellites. The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) operates the next-generation weather satellite with a view
January 14, 2015
The Japan Meteorological Agency’s Himawari-8 weather satellite, which was launched in October 2014, returned its first images Jan. 8, 2015. The images from the Exelis-built sensor are taken in 16 visible and infrared bands, including three-color visible bands.