The European launch provider Arianespace launches today (November 6) a new weather satellite, you can see live online!
At 19:47 EST (0047 GMT on November 7), the MetOp-C will launch an Arianespace version of the Russian Soyuz rocket from the Guyana Space Center in French Guiana. A live webcast of the launch will start 20 minutes before launch, and you can watch it live on Space.com, courtesy of Arianespace.
About an hour after the launch, MetOp-C will disengage from the upper stage of the rocket and enter a polar orbit a little over 800 kilometers above the earth. There, it will spend the next five years monitoring the Earth's climate and providing vital data for weather forecasts. [Amazing Launch Photos: Europe̵
The sun-synchronous polar orbit of the satellites not only brings them into constant sunlight (which is suitable for charging solar panels), but also enables "global observation of weather, atmospheric composition, oceans and land surfaces". Arianespace representatives said in a description of the mission.
MetOp-C becomes the third and final satellite in the MetOp Series of weather satellites developed by the European Space Agency and operated by the European Organization for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites (EUMETSAT). MetOp-A and MetOp-B started in 2006 and 2012, and these satellites are still in operation.