June 10, 2012 - Fires in Central Africa

Fires in Central Africa

Widespread agricultural burning continues throughout central Africa, and smoke and fires were detected by NASA's Aqua satellite. Most of the fires were burning in the southern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and throughout Angola.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument that flies onboard NASA's Aqua satellite captured an image of smoke and fires burning in central Africa on June 3, 2012 at 1155 UTC (7:55 a.m. EDT/U.S.). The multiple red pixels are heat signatures (red) detected by MODIS. The smoke appears to be a light brown color. The fires in Angola were generating a great deal of smoke, seen blowing to the northeast.

In this image, smoke blows over Lake Tanganyika, the long lake straddling the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo (west) and Tanzania (east). Zambia lies to the south, and Angola in the southwest.

Image Facts
Satellite: Aqua
Date Acquired: 6/3/2012
Resolutions: 1km ( B), 500m ( B), 250m ( B)
Bands Used: 1,4,3
Image Credit: Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team, NASA GSFC