About the Interactive Satellite Viewer

How do I use the Interactive Satellite Image Viewer?

The Interactive Satellite Image Viewer is used to view satellite images from the last day.

Selecting and Displaying Images

The Satellite Viewer allows you to select the image you are interested in seeing by choosing

  • the type of satellite image to show (view)
  • preferred area of interest or Domain for the image
  • preferred Time Zone to display in the time line


The first list, entitled "View:" allows you to choose the type of satellite image you wish to view. There are five different types of image available:

Cloud/surface composite
Clouds from infrared image combined with static colour image of surface.
False colour temperatures
False-colour infrared image with colour-coded temperature ranges and map overlay.
Infrared, greyscale
Raw infrared image with map overlay.
Visible, greyscale
Raw visible image with map overlay.
Infrared, Zehr enhanced
False-colour infrared image emphasizing cold temperatures commonly associated with tropical cyclones and thunderstorms.


The second list, entitled "Domain:" allows you to choose the area that the image shows. The choices are:

West Australia
The west half of Australia, into the Indian Ocean and tropical areas
East Australia
The east half of Australia, into the Pacific Ocean and tropical areas
Full Disk
The entire Australian hemisphere


By pressing the “Go” button, the viewer then displays the most recent satellite image based on the selections, with the images for the previous 24 hours loaded and available for viewing in chronological order.

The generated image settings can be "bookmarked" (saved as a favourite) in your web browser, so that you can display your preferred images quickly next time you return to the viewer.


Choose your preferred time zone for the viewer.

When daylight savings is in effect there will be options for daylight time as well as standard time.

The time in the image heading and the times listed under each day will reflect the chosen time zone, e.g. Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST). However the date and time stamped on the bottom of the images will always be in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC), which is equivalent to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

Displaying the images as an Animation

Once the latest image is displayed, it is possible to use the animation controls above the images to move forwards and backwards in time through the images.

Step back: Go back to the previous image in the time sequence
Step forward: Go forward to the next image in the time sequence
Stop: Stop the animated display of the images
Play: Start the animated display of the images

Note that Javascript must be enabled in your web browser for the animation to function. If you do not see the Stop and Play controls in your browser, confirm that JavaScript is enabled in your browser.