Collection of images captured by Himawari-8/9

All usage of satellite imagery provided here is subject to the Terms of Use for the JMA website and True Color Reproduction imagery.

26 July 2018
Eruption of Manaro volcano on Vanuatu

Himawari-8 captured a volcanic ash plume from an eruption of Manaro volcano on Vanuatu. This SO2 RGB image shows eastward-drifting sulfur dioxide in magenta and yellowish-green.

[SO2 RGB Imagery]

5 – 9 July 2018
Heavy rain event of July 2018

From 26 June to 6 July, the Baiu front remained almost stationary over Japan’s mainland of Honshu and brought unprecedently heavy rain over a wide area. The Japan Meteorological Agency issued Emergency Warnings for heavy rain in the prefectures of Fukuoka, Saga, Nagasaki, Hiroshima, Okayama, Tottori, Kyoto and Hyogo. This sandwich product shows the ongoing development of cumulonimbus clouds.

[Sandwich product]

15 – 16 June 2018
Baiu front and Tropical Storm Gaemi

The Baiu front and Tropical Storm Gaemi caused heavy rainfall in Okinawa Prefecture on 15 and 16 June. Himawari-8 captured the ongoing development of cumulonimbus clouds in the area.

[Sandwich product]

14 May 2018
Eruptions of Shinmoedake volcano and Sakurajima volcano

On 14 May, Himawari-8 captured the eruptions of Shinmoedake and Sakurajima volcano (located on the island of Kyushu). The resulting ash cloud plumes drifted south-eastward.

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

27 April 2018
Wildfire

Smoke from a wildfire in the Primorsky region of Russia was captured in Himawari-8 True Color Reproduction Imagery on 27 April. White billows are seen drifting over the Sea of Japan.

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

6 March 2018
Explosive eruption of Shinmoedake volcano

On 6 March 2018, Himawari-8 captured the first explosive eruption of Shinmoedake volcano (located on the island of Kyushu) in seven years. The resulting ash cloud plume drifted southward.

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

From 4 to 8 February 2018
Heavy snowfall in Hokuriku region

From 4 to 8 February 2018, a cold-air outbreak caused heavy snowfall in the Hokuriku region. Himawari-8 imagery captured an area of low pressure and convective clouds over the Sea of Japan.

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

From 22 to 29 January 2018
Snow cover on Kanto region

On 22 January, the low-pressure area passed by the Kanto region and brought heavy snow. Himawari-8 True Color Reproduction imagery shows white coverage over the Kanto region, representing snow. The area of snow coverage diminished day by day.

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

23 January 2018
Eruption from Kusatsu-Shirane volcano

Himawari-8 captured a volcanic ash plume rising from Kusatsu-Shirane volcano on 23 January 2018. Related Airmass RGB imagery shows an eastward-drifting sulfur dioxide (SO2) plume in magenta.

[Airmass RGB]

From 10 to 13 December 2017
Strong winter pressure pattern

From 10 to 13 December, the Siberian High developed over the Eurasian Continent and the Aleutian Low developed over the northern North Pacific. Cold air flowed southeastward across Japan, bringing heavy snowfall to its Sea of Japan side. Himawari-8 captured the resulting convective clouds over the Sea of Japan.

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

17 November 2017
Fog and low cloud

This imagery here shows Night Microphysics RGB composite imagery and daytime True Color Reproduction imagery. The nighttime image shows extensive coverage of fog and low cloud (yellow-green), which quickly disappears in the morning.

[Night Microphysics RGB and True Color Reproduction Imagery]

11 October 2017
Eruption of Mt. Shinmoedake volcano

Himawari-8 captured a volcanic ash plume emanating from Mt. Shinmoedake volcano (located on the island of Kyushu) on 11 October 2017. Ash plumes are seen drifting eastward in the imagery.

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

23 September 2017
Autumnal equinox

Himawari-8 full-disk earth images captured on the autumnal equinox show a perfect disk with sun glint over the equator during the daytime. The lower images show the winter solstice, the spring equinox and the summer solstice, respectively.

Top: autumnal equinox
Lower left: winter solstice; lower center: spring equinox; lower right: summer solstice

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

From 21 July to 9 August 2017
Typhoon NORU

Typhoon Noru continued for 19 days – the second-longest duration of any typhoon since records began in 1951. Himawari-8 imagery captured its extensive movement over the Pacific Ocean and its landfall on the island of Honshu.

[True Color Reproduction Imagery and Infra-red Imagery]

From 5 to 6 July 2017
Emergency warning over Fukuoka and Ooita prefecture

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued an Emergency Warning for heavy rain in the prefectures of Fukuoka and Oita on 5 July 2017. This sandwich image shows the ongoing development of cumulonimbus cloud relating to the event.

[Sandwich product]

From 4 to 5 July 2017
Emergency warning over Shimane prefecture

The Japan Meteorological Agency issued an Emergency Warning for heavy rain in Shimane Prefecture on 5 July 2017. The sandwich product (consisting of two image layers combining visible-band data and color-enhanced IR brightness temperature imagery) is useful for monitoring developing areas of cumulonimbus cloud. This sandwich image shows the ongoing development of such cloud.

[Sandwich product]

9 May 2017
Moon observation

The moon is an interesting Himawari-8/9 target; based on predicted moon positions, satellite imagery captures it as it passes by the Earth, and the resulting data are used to validate the quality of Himawari-8/-9’s output. On 9 May 2017, Himawari-8 captured images of the moon appearing from behind the Earth and moving eastward.

[Visible imagery]

28 April 2017
Volcanic ash from Sakurajima volcano

Volcanic ash plumes from the eruption of Sakurajima volcano (located on the island of Kyushu) were captured in Himawari-8 imagery on 28 April 2017. Brown plumes can be seen drifting southeastward.

[Visible imagery]

18 April 2017
Jupiter

Himawari-8 occasionally captures images of planets viewed at the edge of the Earth depending on the satellite’s relative position. This image shows Jupiter on 18 April 2017.

Jupiter

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

30 March 2017
Venus

Himawari-8 occasionally captures images of planets viewed at the edge of the Earth depending on the satellite’s relative position. This image shows crescent Venus on 30 March 2017.

Venus

[Visible imagery]

19 February 2017
Snow cover

Snow cover is enhanced in cyan in this natural-color RGB image, and gradually disappears during the daytime.

[Natural Color RGB]

17 February 2017
The first spring gale with dust in Kanto region

On 17 February 2017, Himawari-8 images captured dust picked up by strong southwesterly winds moving out to sea (shown in brown).

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

14 January 2017
Strong winter pressure pattern

Himawari-8 images captured cloud streaks reflecting a strong winter pressure pattern over the Sea of Japan. Developed cumulonimbus clouds are clearly seen over the Hokuriku region.

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

1 January 2017
Mars

Himawari-8 occasionally captures images of planets viewed at the edge of the Earth depending on the satellite’s relative position. This image shows Mars on 2 January 2017.

Mars

[Visible imagery]

3 October 2016
Typhoon Phanfone

Himawari-8 observes Japan and the surrounding area at 2.5-minute intervals. This high-frequency image shows a distinct typhoon eye and fractional low-level cloud swirling within it.

[Visible imagery]

28 August 2016
Mercury

Himawari-8 occasionally captures images of planets viewed at the edge of the Earth depending on the satellite’s relative position. This image shows Mercury on 28 August 2016.

Mercury

[Visible imagery]

4 August 2016
Cumulonimbus

Himawari-8 captured images of rapidly developing cumulonimbus over the islands of Honshu and Shikoku on 4 August 2016. In the afternoon, these clouds brought heavy rain along with thunder and lightning to western and eastern Japan.

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

29 June 2016
Fog and low cloud

This true color reproduction (TCR) image from 29 June shows fog and low cloud over northern Japan. Both began to dissipate over land during the daytime.

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

28 June 2016
Baiu front in Japan

The Baiu front is an almost-stationary rain front observed from late spring to early summer around Japan. Himawari-8 imagery captured a corresponding cloud band.

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

7 May 2016
Asian dust (Yellow sand)

True color reproduction (TCR) enables the display of Earth images taken from space in a way familiar to the human eye. Asian dust can be seen in brown over the central Sea of Japan.

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

17 April 2016
Developing low

Himawari-8 captured a cloud band corresponding to a developing low with a cold front over the Sea of Japan from the island of Honshu to Taiwan.

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

23 March 2016
Okhotsk sea ice

Ice created by seawater freezing in the northern Sea of Okhotsk drifts to coastal waters off Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido under the influence of ocean currents and wind. Himawari-8 captured such ice enhanced in cyan in natural color RGB images.

[Natural Color RGB]

9 March 2016
Total solar eclipse

Himawari-8 imagery captured the shadow of a total solar eclipse that occurred on 9 March 2016. The animation file shows the shadow of the moon passing from south-east Asia to the Pacific Ocean.

[True Color Reproduction Imagery]

Target area observation

In the in-orbit commissioning phase, Himawari-8 conducted target-area observation every 2.5 minutes.

Jakarta

[Left: Visible imagery, Right: Infra-red imagery]

Kuala Lumpur

[Left: Visible imagery, Right: Infra-red imagery]

Manila

[Left: Visible imagery, Right: Infra-red imagery]

Phnom Penh

[Left: Visible imagery, Right: Infra-red imagery]

Bangkok

[Left: Visible imagery, Right: Infra-red imagery]

Naypyidaw

[Left: Visible imagery, Right: Infra-red imagery]

Dhaka

[Left: Visible imagery, Right: Infra-red imagery]

Negara Brunei Darussalam

[Left: Visible imagery, Right: Infra-red imagery]

Hong Kong

[Left: Visible imagery, Right: Infra-red imagery]

New Caledonia

[Left: Visible imagery, Right: Infra-red imagery]

Solomon Islands

[Left: Visible imagery, Right: Infra-red imagery]

Vanuatu

[Left: Visible imagery, Right: Infra-red imagery]

Fiji

[Left: Visible imagery, Right: Infra-red imagery]

Sydney

[Left: Visible imagery, Right: Infra-red imagery]

Perth

[Left: Visible imagery, Right: Infra-red imagery]

Guam

[Left: Visible imagery, Right: Infra-red imagery]