With the new GOES-16 satellite, Earth has never looked more stunningly beautiful from space

GOES-16 also promises better weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, solar flare alerts, and a host of other benefits

In recent weeks, two new weather satellites — GOES-16, lofted into orbit by the United States, and the Japanese Himawari-9 — have begun sending back spectacular images of the home planet.

With GOES-16, the United States is actually playing catch-up with the Japanese, whose incredibly capable Himawari-8 satellite has been in operation since July of 2015. Himawari-9 is it

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