Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS)
Monitoring Earth From Space
The Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) provides critical data for accurately monitoring global weather and climate patterns aboard the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (NPP) spacecraft and future next-generation weather satellites.
Suomi NPP is a bridge mission between the current polar weather satellite system and The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Joint Polar Satellite System. VIIRS represents the latest in a series of progressively capable technologies meteorologists use to increase the precision of their weather forecasting.
As a key part of the weather forecasting data chain, VIIRS replaces and improves upon sensing technology that in some cases is 30 years old. VIIRS provides highly detailed imagery of global storm patterns, with multi-band imaging capabilities that support the acquisition of high-resolution atmospheric imagery for a variety of other applied products, including detection of fires, smoke, and atmospheric aerosols. VIIRS also provides imagery of clouds under sunlit and nighttime conditions in about a dozen visible and infrared bands.
By improving meteorologists’ forecasting ability, VIIRS can help improve planning, and reduce costs, associated with major weather events.
VIIRS View Spinning Marble App
Raytheon's VIIRS View app provides a glimpse into the type of data meteorologists and climatologists use every day to track the weather and monitor the Earth's environment.
Visit the VIIRS Downloads page for more information and to try out the app.
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VIIRS View Spinning Marble App
Raytheon’s VIIRS View app provides a glimpse into the type of data meteorologists and climatologists use every day to track the weather and monitor the Earth’s environment.
VIIRS View illustrates three types of data sets – visible imagery, chlorophyll concentration and low-light imagery – a subset of the information provided by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite.
Instructions for downloading VIIRS App
After clicking the link to the file, you will be prompted to run or save the file. Clicking save or run will prompt the file to self-extract and create a new folder in the c:\ directory by default or one of your choosing. Double click the file named Spinning_Marble_v01.exe in the newly created folder to start the application.
Clicking the link to the Mac version of the application will download a .zip file to your computer. Unzip the file to begin using the application.
HTML 5 Web App
The application will begin running on your internet browser after clicking this link. You will be prompted to download the Unity 3D engine to render the graphics.
Black Marble – Africa and Europe
Black Marble – Asia and Australia
Black Marble – The Americas
Click the 'Desktop' link below the image of your choice. In the next window, right-click the image and choose 'Set as Background' from the menu. If the image stretches, please check your computer display settings.
Mac OS 10 Desktop
Click the 'Desktop' link below the image of your choice. In the next window, click and drag the image to your Pictures folder. Hold down the Control button on your keyboard while clicking on an empty area of your computer desktop. Choose 'Change Desktop Background...' from the menu. Navigate to the image that you have chosen and click on it. Choose a display option from the drop down menu.
iPad and iPhone
Click the link for your device below the image of your choice. In the next window, touch and hold the image and choose 'Save Image' from the menu. Go to Settings, Brightness and Wallpaper, click the Wallpaper, select Camera Roll, choose an image, move and scale if desired, then choose whether to set as Lock Screen, Home Screen or Both.