Above and Beyond: Wildfires by Day and Night

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Nighttime satellite observations revealed the sites of fires on a map of northern Oregon, Washington, and northern Idaho.

Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with the NASA Earth Observatory.

All images, illustrations, and videos courtesy of NASA

·       Daytime photo of lightning in Arizona courtesy of Wikipedia user ed ouimette
·       Photo of oil wells and flare in North Dakota courtesy of Tim Evanson
·       Photo of fracking equipment in North Dakota courtesy of Joshua Doubek
·       Photo of old and new San Francisco – Oakland Bay bridges courtesy of Frank Schulenburg
·       Sea creature illustration copyright The National Library of Israel, Shapell Family Digitization Project _and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Geography – Historic Cities Research Project
Music courtesy of Associated Production Music
Written by Tracy Vogel
Designed by Marc Lussier

Text, As fires raged in the northwestern United States in August 2015, daytime satellite observations revealed smoke rising from the flames.
Nighttime observations revealed the specific sites of the fires, which glowed almost as brightly as the surrounding city lights. A map of northern Oregon, Washington, and northern Idaho shows lit areas around cities and where the fire burned.