NASA’s Aqua satellite captured multiple plumes of smoke from agricultural fires and industrial pollution in China. The smoke and haze stretches from Inner Mongolia, located north of Beijing, south and west including the provinces of Hebei, Shedong, Henan, Shanxi, Hubai, Hunan, and Chongqing.
The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument aboard NASA's Aqua satellite has infrared capabilities that can detect heat from the various wildfires. This true-color image was captured on June 2, 2013 at 5:55 UTC (1:55 a.m. EDT/2:05p.m. MT) as the Aqua satellite flew over the region. In this true-color image, fires (hot spots) are color coded as red areas in imagery and smoke appears in light brown.
Date Acquired: 6/2/2013
Resolutions: 1km (297.5 KB), 500m (1017.5 KB), 250m (2.4 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC