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July 5, 2014 - Fires in northern Australia
Fires in northern Australia Image used for Spacing Purposes
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 6/22/2014
Resolutions: 1km (367.3 KB)
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Bands Used: 1,4,3
Credit: Jeff Schmaltz
MODIS Land Rapid Response Team,
NASA GSFC

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.

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