To celebrate Science Week, the RTÉ Weather team are sharing some fun facts about - you guessed it - the weather! In the video above, Jean Byrne explains the science of satellites.
We've all seen pictures of clouds taken from weather satellites in space, but have you ever wondered how they work?
According to Jean, there are two main kinds of satellites: geostationary and polar.
Geostationary satellites live about 36,000 kilometres above the equator, these appear to be stationary because they move with the earth's orbit. Additionally, we have polar satellites which orbit the pole.
Between these two types of satellites, we more or less have continuous coverage of all atmospheric events as they happen. This means that meteorologists can see tropical storms as they develop.
On board, they have very sophisticated instrumentation taking coverage of clouds, the mapping of the ice caps, air pollutants, volcanic eruptions and much more.