The darkish grey areas present the place fires swept throughout the panorama.

NASA/METI/AIST/Japan House Techniques, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Crew

October has been a horrifying month in Northern California as a collection of lethal wildfires raged by means of wine-growing areas and cities. Firefighters are nonetheless working to completely comprise a few of the fires. 

NASA’s Earth-watching Terra satellite tv for pc turned its eyes to the world and snapped a picture that exhibits simply how a lot injury the fires left behind.

The picture comes from Terra’s ASTER (Superior Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer) instrument, which is why the colours seem so unnatural. Purple stands for vegetation whereas the darkish grey swathes present the locations scarred by the fires. 

The picture covers roughly 40 sq. miles (104 sq. kilometers), together with the cities of Santa Rosa and Napa.

ASTER is used to observe circumstances on our planet, together with volcanic eruptions, motion from glaciers and floor temperatures. 

The California wildfires are chargeable for killing no less than 42 folks and destroying hundreds of properties and buildings. NASA satellites have adopted the fires all through, monitoring smoke plumes and monitoring the unfold of the burns. 


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