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GOES West and East

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) circle the Earth in a geostationary orbit. There are two GOES satellites: GOES-East and GOES-West. Together, they continually provide a picture of two-thirds of the Earth's surface. GOES-East primarily monitors the Eastern United States, including most of the Atlantic Ocean. GOES-West focuses on the West Coast, including much of the Pacific Ocean. Of course, together they provide images of surrounding areas as well, including all of North and South America. The GOES satellites constantly measure atmospheric conditions below, and transmit new images every thirty minutes, around the clock.

The GOES satellites are under the operation of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

 
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