NASA Shows What Fire and Storms Ravaging Earth Look Like From Space

  • NASA Shows What Fire and Storms Ravaging Earth Look Like From Space

NASA Shows What Fire and Storms Ravaging Earth Look Like From Space

Take a deep breath.

The air quality looks even worse from space.

Aerosols, the millions of solid particles and liquid droplets that exist within the air we breathe, are everywhere. These potentially harmful particles can be found anywhere on Earth and, as a recent NASA visualization shows, can appear in large concentrations in our atmosphere.

Looking down from space are Earth-observing satellites like the Terra, Aqua, Aura and Suomi NPP, which come together and create the Goddard Earth Observing System Forward Processing (GEOS FP), that gives a clearer view of the different particles in the air. Of course, if you're in the middle of a major city all you might smell is auto exhaust and sewer fumes, and a new image released by NASA shows that whatever is hiding in "a breath of fresh air" can vary wildly from place to place.

Some of the clouds of dust seen in the image are the result of weather patterns like Hurricane Lane and typhoons off the coast of Japan. Dust particles are highlighted in purple.

NASA noted that this picture was not done with a single camera and is not made up of groups of images of the satellites.

Africa seems to have the most concentrated fires. While some of these blazes are agricultural fires and controlled burns - used to clear crop fields of detritus and stimulate the pasture growth to support livestock - others are wildfires that have spread out of control, reports CNET. The location, widespread nature, and number of fires suggest that these fires were deliberately set to manage land.

The problem with these fires is that they grow out of control quickly due to climate issues. This is by no means surprising, considering that 2018, specifically January through July, has produced the warmest period in the history of New South Wales since 1910.

"As the climate continues to change and areas become hotter and drier, more and more extreme bushfires will break out across the entire Australian continent", state NASA officials.