12 Satellite Photos Show Australia’s Wildfires

This satellite view of the fire in Bateman Bay, Australia was captured on New Year’s Eve.

The Himawari-8 satellite photographs the Western part of the Earth once every 10 minutes.

Australia’s bushfires and their smoke plumes are now easily visible from space.

After an abnormally long and expansive drought, the fires have spread over vast areas of the country.

It’s hard to wrap your head around the devastating scope of the fires.

The smoke plume is now the size of half of Europe.

And it’s traveling further, clouding up the skies in New Zealand and Chile.

As of January 6th, 69 of 136 fires burning across New South Wales are still not contained.


Roughly 23,000 square miles of Australia have been burned.

And this is the Himawari-8 satellite’s view of the bushfires and smoke clouds on January 2.

Here’s a near-infrared view of eastern Australian hotspots of bushfires on November 7.

This is a comparison of the same area in July 2019 and January 2020.




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