Topic: GOES Spring 2022 Eclipse and Keep Out Zone/Stray Light Exclusion Schedules and Impacts


Date/Time Issued: February 16, 2022 1610 UTC


Product(s) or Data Impacted: GOES-16 (GOES-East) ABI, GOES-17 (GOES-West) and GLM data and GOES-15 (GOES-West) Imager


Date/Time of Initial Impact: February 26, 2022 0522 UTC


Date/Time of Expected End: April 30, 2022 1614 UTC


Length of Outage:  See details below


Details/Specifics of Change:


The Spring 2022 Eclipse and Keep Out Zone (KOZ)/Stray Light Exclusion (SLZ) schedules are now available on our web page at

During eclipse season with the GOES-R satellite series Advanced Baseline Imager (ABI), stray light contamination is visible approximately 45 minutes before and after satellite local midnight (~0500 UTC for GOES-East) which is approximately 45 days before and after the vernal (March 20, 2022) and autumnal (September 22, 2022) equinox, in the form of a vertical beam of light that is more intense at the end closer to the Sun. Stray light contamination is often prominent in the images of visible and near infrared bands (bands 1–6), although it can also be discerned in band 7 images. This is a normal occurrence for the ABI. 


Contact Information for Further Information: ESPC Operations at or 301-817-3880 or SPSD User Services at 


Web Site(s) for applicable information:

See for full eclipse schedules.

See for full GOES scanning schedules and scan sectors.

See for this and other satellite related messages.


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