NASA Satellites See Wildfires from Space

  • Released Wednesday, October 11th, 2017
  • Updated Wednesday, May 3rd, 2023 at 1:47PM

As wildfires burn across California, NASA satellites help gather data about where the fires are and how smoke travels across the state.

The smoke from the fires is even visible a million miles away from Earth, captured by NASA's Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) onboard NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR).

The Terra spacecraft can see fires in both daylight and at night, helping aid firefighters in tracking and stopping the blazes.

NASA's unique vantage point in space helps better understand our home planet.

Terra Imagery from NASA Worldview

The Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) onboard NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) captured this image on Oct. 9, 2017.

The Earth Polychromatic Imaging Camera (EPIC) onboard NOAA's Deep Space Climate Observatory (DSCOVR) captured this image on Oct. 9, 2017.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) onboard NASA's Terra spacecraft captured these images from Oct. 8-10, 2017.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectrometer (MODIS) onboard NASA's Terra spacecraft captured these images from Oct. 8-10, 2017.

These images were captured with NASA's Terra spacecraft's thermal bands from Oct. 9-11, 2017.

These images were captured with NASA's Terra spacecraft's thermal bands from Oct. 9-11, 2017.



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