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Fun and educational videos for learning about satellites and monitoring weather on Earth and in space.

LATEST VIDEO: How Do Hurricanes Form?:

How Do Hurricanes Form?

Hurricanes are very large and intense storms. But where do these giant storms come from? Learn how hurricanes form and how GOES-R satellites can help predict a storm's intensity and track it minute-by-minute. This information allows meteorologists to deliver early warnings and help people stay safe. Download Video | Transcript Credit: SciJinks

What Causes a Thunderstorm?:

All thunderstorms need the same ingredients: moisture, unstable air and lift. Moisture usually comes from oceans. Unstable air forms when warm, moist air is near the ground and cold, dry air is above. Lift comes from differences in air density. It pushes unstable air upward, creating a tall thunderstorm cloud. Download Video | Download poster | Transcript Credit: SciJinks

How do Wildfires Spread?:

Wildfires are uncontrolled fires that spread quickly, destroying homes and the environment nearby. Conditions in the weather and environment—such as drought, winds and extreme heat—can cause a fire to spread more quickly. NOAA’s GOES satellites can provide information about these fires and conditions to help us stay safe. Download Video | Download poster | Transcript Credit: SciJinks

Why don’t satellites fall out of the sky?:

How do satellites stay in orbit? When a satellite is in orbit, it has a perfect balance between its momentum and Earth’s gravity. Download Video | Transcript | Download poster Credit: SciJinks

Making a Weather Forecast with a GOES-R Series Satellite:

GOES-R Series satellites keep an eye on Earth’s weather from orbit 22,000 miles above. But how does your local weather forecaster know what a satellite sees? Learn how data from satellites in the GOES-R Series are used for your local weather forecast in this animated video. A downloadable poster is also available. Download Video | Transcript Credit: SciJinks

A GOES-R Series Weather Satellite Gets Launched!:

How do GOES-R Series satellites gets from Colorado, where they’re built, to Kennedy Space Center for launch? Watch this fun video to learn more about a GOES-R Series satellite’s travels from construction to orbit! A downloadable poster is also available. Download Video | Transcript Credit: SciJinks

Meet a GOES-R Series Weather Satellite:

From weather and hazards on Earth to search and rescue and bursts of energy from the sun, GOES-R Series satellites see it all from 22,000 miles above our planet! Watch this fun animation that tells the story of a GOES-R Series satellite. A downloadable poster is also available. Download Video | Transcript Credit: SciJinks

SciJinks in a Snap: Lightning:

What’s the deal with crackling and flashing clouds? This animation explains lightning and how the GOES-R series satellites will better monitor in-cloud lightning to help alert people to dangerous and intensifying storms. A downloadable poster is also available. Credit: SciJinks

Stormy Space Weather:

The sun isn’t only a burning ball of immensely hot gas. It’s a burning ball of immensely hot gas with a temper! This animation explains space weather and how the GOES-R series satellites will help monitor it. A downloadable poster is also available. Credit: SciJinks