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A disturbing glimpse of Australia's wildfires as seen from space

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International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield has snapped a series of images that capture the scale and devastation of wildfires that are currently blazing through parts of Australia. The bushfires, which have been burning since Friday, are being fueled by record high temperatures. And in fact, Australian meteorologists have added an extra color to its heat map to account for unprecedented temperatures reaching upwards of 129 degrees Fahrenheit (54 degrees Celcius).

The fires, which are sweeping through Tasmania and New South Wales, are consuming thousands of acres of forests and farms, while destroying a number of homes. Incredibly, there have been no reports of deaths, though 100 people remain unaccounted for in Tasmania.


Space images Chris Hadfield/NASA, heat mat via Australian Bureau of Meteorology.