Bushfire smoke viewed from space

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NASA's Aqua satellite detected many bushfires in Wollemi National Park, New South Wales.  The satellite passed over southeastern Australia on Nov. 4 at 03:40 UTC/Nov. 3 10:40 p.m. EST. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard Aqua satellite has infrared capabilities that can detect heat from the various wildfires. 

Hot spots appears red and smoke appears in light brown. This image showed that many fires and a large area of smoke from the combined fires were occurring in the Wollemi National Park. image: Image: Jeff Schmaltz, NASA Goddard MODIS Rapid Response Team; Caption: Rob Gutro, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center