NASA Is Watching The World Burn, And You Can Too
The world is on fire. Sort of.
Did you know NASA posts daily maps of every fire burning in the world?
We didn't either.
Between 15 August and 22 August, there were 30,964 fire alerts worldwide according to NASA.
Australia is currently suffering through one of its worst droughts in decades, with NSW recently going through its warmest January to July period since 1910, according the Bureau of Meteorology.
This unusually warm weather has brought the bush fire season forward two months into the middle of winter.
In the image below, it can be clearly seen that there are more fires burning in August, than in the traditional height of the fire season, February.
NASA has been keeping track of the world burning since 24 November 2015, and according to the researchers, Africa sees the most concentrated fires.
It is believed many on the African continent are man-made, and are agricultural fires set to manage the land.
North America's fires tend to be wildfires, and in South America Chile is experience a drought similar to Australia, which has resulted in an unusually large number of fires in the country.
Brazil's extreme number of fires is a mix of wildfires and man-made fires -- which are used to manage the land for cattle and clear crop fields, according to NASA researchers. But hot and dry conditions can quickly cause these fires to become out-of-control and develop into wildfires.
Using satellite technology, thermal bands detect actively burning fires, and are represented through red dots on the world map.
There are more than 700 images are available to view on the NASA Worldview page, and are avaible on the site within three hours of being captured.
Check them out here.
Featured Image: NASA Worldview