1. Himawari-8 / Himawari-9 - 3rd Generation Weather Satellite

This page provides a part of Himawari-8 data since July 7, 2015, and Himawari-9, which is waiting for backup. Geostationary Meteorological Satellites: Himawari, GOES, GMS and MTSAT and Satellite Images (Photographs) provides the basic information, and Himawari-8 Watching (in Japanese) provides other latest information.

Real-time Images / Movies

Past Images / Movies

A color image is created as a hybrid color image using band 1 through band 4, based on "Simple Hybrid Contrast-Stretch" method proposed in the following paper.

Miller, S., T. Schmit, C. Seaman, D. Lindsey, M. Gunshor, R. Kohrs, Y. Sumida, and D. Hillger, 2016: A Sight for Sore Eyes—The Return of True Color to Geostationary Satellites. Bull. Amer. Meteor. Soc. doi:10.1175/BAMS-D-15- 00154.1, in press.

Himawari-8 / Himawari-9 Events

First Image on July 7, 2015, 11:00 JST (02:00 UTC)

The following image is very large, so some browsers may crash. View them with caution. It was modified on June 28, 2016.

Total Solar Eclipse on March 3, 2016

Arctic White Night on June 21, 2016


For the time being, Himawari-8 / Himawari-9 images are provided separately from the main "Digital Typhoon" website. Some images are exported to the main website, but high frequency images are provided on this page.

Technology used in Weather Satellite 'Himawari' Viewer can be referred to High Resolution Satellite Images and IIIF (International Image Interoperability Framework).


Himawari-8 / Himawari-9 data is obtained from NICT Science Cloud Himawari Satellite Project operated by National Institute of Information and Communications Technology (NICT).

Data policy follows the NICT project. NICT Science Cloud also has a web page to release Himawari-8 / Himawari-9 images at Himawari-8 Real-time Web.