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I have seen many times that their are two kinds of Satellite Images shown on the websites like Skymet for India i.e.

  • Meteosat satellite images

  • Insat satellite images

I want to understand the basic difference between them.

I am here Adding 2 satellite Images(Meteosat and Insat Images Respectively) for the date of 20/02/2016 and time 8:00AM (IST) to make you understand better visually.Meteosat image

Insat Image

Thanks for your help in advance.

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    $\begingroup$ The website you cited does not tell which satellite it actually is, nor what instrument or channel was used. The difference could result from a different composition of channels, i.e. the second one shows rather high clouds indicating more infrared/ less visible component in it. $\endgroup$ – Lukas Mar 21 '16 at 13:16
  • $\begingroup$ That is why I have asked here..I wanted to clarify that. $\endgroup$ – Mani Mar 22 '16 at 3:56
  • $\begingroup$ The problem between the two are that both the images are from two different sensors. Both sensors would have different spectral resolution, radiometric resolution, variations in observation times and angle etc.. there are so many factors that cause the differences. $\endgroup$ – Raj Bhagat Sep 14 '16 at 22:13
  • $\begingroup$ This gives some guidelines as to why it may be different, but doesn't actually answer the question. $\endgroup$ – Gimelist Sep 15 '16 at 0:01
  • $\begingroup$ Of course we can't give direct answers for these. I work in this field unless we have access to satellite data and sensor information we can't answer them. These are snapshots of them not the original satellite data which can't be shared. Hence without the data we can't exactly pinpoint. The asker has access to the sensor information. Hence it is good to just direct where to look rather and speculate. $\endgroup$ – Raj Bhagat Sep 15 '16 at 2:51
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Meteosat:-

The Meteosat series of satellites are geostationary meteorological satellites operated by EUMETSAT under the Meteosat Transition Programme (MTP) and the Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) program.

INSAT:-

INSAT-3D is the first Indian geostationary satellite, equipped with sounder instrument that provides frequent good quality atmospheric profiles (temperature, humidity) over Indian landmass and adjoining areas.

More information is here: Two generations of active Meteosat satellites, Meteosat First Generation (MFG) and Meteosat Second Generation (MSG), providing images of the full Earth disc, and data for weather forecasts.

and here: INSAT-3D, Advanced Weather Satellite, Completes Two Years in the Orbit.

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  • $\begingroup$ I wanted to understand the difference between the images $\endgroup$ – Mani Feb 22 '16 at 8:47
  • $\begingroup$ @Mani, then you should edit the question appropriately to avoid confusions. $\endgroup$ – arkaia Mar 21 '16 at 11:11
  • $\begingroup$ What part is confusing? $\endgroup$ – Mani Apr 1 '16 at 4:51
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Some difference i photography is obvious. Insat does not provide images of scattered, light clouds which are essential for a lay observer to form a view about possibility of rain.

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Let me try to add some more information for Mr Mani.

Meteosats are satellites dedicated for meterological purposes alone operated by EUMETSAT. INSAT satellites by India are multipurpose satellites which serve other purposes also in addition to meteorology.

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