July 5, 2014 - Fires in northern Australia

Fires in northern Australia

Numerous bushfires continued plaguing the Northern Territory in Australia in mid-June 2014. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard the Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of the region on June 22, 2014, at 04:45 UTC (12:45 a.m. EDT).

Red dots or "hot spots" are dispersed across the landscape. Each hot spot is an area where the thermal detectors on the MODIS instrument recognized temperatures higher than background. When accompanied by plumes of smoke, as in this image, such hot spots are diagnostic for fire. Most of the areas where the hot spots are located are in uninhabited areas such as national parks.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 6/22/2014
Resolutions: 1km (367.3 KB), 500m (1.3 MB), 250m (3.3 MB)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC