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Australia fires: Satellite pictures show devastating scale of blazes sweeping Australia

Following the tragic death of another firefighter this weekend, at least 27 people have died in this Australian bushfire season. Blazes have burnt through millions of acres of land, and has had a devastating effect on the wildlfe. Related articles
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The view from space shows the sheer extent the country has been damaged by the blazes.One image captured by the European Space Agency (ESA) on December 31 show large swathes of Australia engulfed by smoke and flames.The space agency said: “Photographs and film footage have without doubt left the world shocked, but the view from space shows the scale of what Australians are having to deal with.


Australia fires: This image captured by the European Space Agency (ESA) shows the extent of fires, smoke and burn scars (Image: European Space Agency (ESA))The agency added: The Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission has also been used to image the fires. The Sentinel-2 satellites each carry just one instrument – a high-resolution multispectral imager with 13 spectral bands.

The smoke, flames and burn scars can be seen clearly in the image shown here, which was captured on 31 December.“This instrument works like a thermometer in the sky, measuring thermal infrared radiation to take the temperature of Earth’s land surfaces.”Images captured by NASA on January 9 also showed Australias Kangaroo Island shrouded in smoke.

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