# How to read NOAA/NASA GOES satellite data?

I requested satellite image data (GVAR_IMG) for a project that I am working on from the GOES satellite, but I don't know what format it's in or how to read it. When I open it with a text editor it is hexadecimal. The files are end in .BAND_01, .BAND_02, etc. The website that I requested the data from said that the data is available in different formats: "Data distribution formats available are raw, AREA, NetCDF, GIF, and JPEG." However, I do not see the option for selecting different formats.

• The "shopping cart" screen you ordered the data from has selections for what format data you want. What did you select? – casey Jul 28 '15 at 13:39
• Given the OP's own answer, the question title should be about choosing file formats rather than reading files, no? – Deditos Jul 29 '15 at 11:13
• I added a little bit about how I read in the file for completeness. – scottlittle Aug 5 '15 at 7:56

• In addition, for Python, I would recommend xarray for reading geophysical data from NetCDF files. – gerrit Mar 21 '17 at 20:41