The GOES-13 satellite of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) took the above image of Hurricane Sandy.
With a width of almost one thousand miles (1,600 kilometers) Sandy is expected to cause gigantic problems for the people of the northeastern part of the United States.
The GOES-13 satellite took this image at 9:02 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on Sunday, October 28, 2012. it is now the evening of October 29, and the hurricane is pounding the northeastern part of the United States.
You can see the swirling mass of clouds heading for the eastern coast of the United States.
The image is from the NOAA/NASA GOES Project.
GOES stands for Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite (corrected, 10/30/212), which is operated by the U.S. National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS). GOES supports weather forecasting, severe storm tracking, and meteorology research.
For instance, the National Weather Service (NWS) uses the GOES system for its weather monitoring and forecasting operations. The GOES-13 satellite is located at 75 degrees West longitude.