JPSS VIIRS Calibration/Validation and Visualization
The NESDIS/StAR VIIRS Imagery and Visualization Team is responsible for the checkout/validation of Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) EDR Imagery from the NASA/NOAA Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS)-1 spacecraft. Currently, there are two VIIRS in orbit: JPSS-1 (NOAA-20) leads SNPP (Suomi-National Polar-orbiting Partnership) spacecraft by a half orbit, or ~50 minutes in the 1330 local-time sun-synchronous orbit. The VIIRS instrument collects visible and infrared imagery of the earth, providing global information about land, ocean, clouds, and cryosphere.
VIIRS Image of visible hole from total solar eclipse: 21 August 2017 at 1830 UTC
Color-enhanced VIIRS Image of Hurricane Lester: 29 August 2016 at 2144 UTC, as well as close-up of hurricane eye at 375 m resolution