Select one of the options below, or use our feedback form above if your question is not represented. To return to the Himawari Satellite Viewer, select the website logo webin the top navigation bar.
The Himawari Satellite viewer has three main sections. These are a top information bar, a middle map panel, and a bottom interaction bar. Users can view satellite imagery for the last four hours, open satellite notes, or go to the warnings page.
The default image is the Day-Night view, views are changed through the Layers button.
Layers in the Himawari Satellite viewer are both satellite images, and map elements. Map elements can be cities or borders. Users can only view one satellite image at a time, but many map elements can be displayed. Change items under the Layers button (layers) by selecting them.
NB: These links will take you to the about page.
The last four hours of imagery are available as an animation.
The animation load speed depends on the speed of the viewer's internet connection. The number of users accessing the site also can affect load speed.
The bar with the white dot is the timeline scrubber. Scrubbing lets the user drag the playhead back and forth over the timeline to examine the animation.
A satellite note (description) is a text description of the current conditions over Australia. The Bureau National Operations Centre generates a satellite note once per day.
In limited width displays, some options are hidden. Viewers can use their devices in landscape mode, or view the site on a PC.
Due to display limitations in IE8, animation is not available for this browser.
Satellite images can go missing for many reasons. Eclipses, hardware difficulties, or problems with Internet connections can all cause problems.
Solar circumstances can cause technicians to shut down satellites to avoid damage. These shut downs are temporary. During this period, images are not available.