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Earth from Space: Cedar Fire, massive smoke plume August 19th 2016

Little note: I know that lately there have been lots of posts like this in this collection and some other aspects of space technology fall a little bit short, but there have just been so many opportunities for interesting satellite images lately.
I will try to balance it out a little bit. For those of you especially interested in satellite images I would like to point to my Flickr (https://www.flickr.com/photos/pierre_markuse/), which contains most images posted here and even some more not used on Google+, sometimes even in far better resolution.

In this image taken August 19th, 2016, by the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS) aboard the Suomi NPP satellite you can see the Cedar Fire, 5 miles east of Alta Sierra, Kern County, California, USA, and the massive smoke plume it is producing.

As of now the fire affected an area of 12,790 Acres and is just 5% contained. More than 1,000 firefighters are trying to contain the fire.

More information here:
http://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/4964/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cedar_Fire_(2016)

The area on Google maps:
https://goo.gl/lkzXzT

More on the Suomi National Polar-orbiting Partnership (Suomi-NPP) weather satellite:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suomi_NPP

More on the Visible Infrared Imaging Radiometer Suite (VIIRS):
http://www.raytheon.com/capabilities/products/viirs/

Image credit: Cedar Fire Suomi NPP VIIRS images, accessed through NASA Worldview (https://worldview.earthdata.nasa.gov/) / Processed by +Pierre Markuse 

Thank you for your interest in this Space/Space technology collection. Maybe add me on Google+ (+Pierre Markuse) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/Pierre_Markuse) or have a look at the Astronomy/Astrophysics collection here: https://goo.gl/x0zPAJ

#science #earth #cedarfire   #kerncounty   #california #usa #smoke #smokeplume #fire #wildfire #suominpp #viirs #space #spacetechnology 
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Gamma-rays and dust from periodic Comet Swift-Tuttle plowed through planet Earth's atmosphere on the night of August 11/12. Impacting at about 60 kilometers per second the grains of comet dust produced this year's remarkably active Perseid meteor shower. This composite wide-angle image of aligned shower meteors covers a 4.5 hour period on that Perseid night. In it the flashing meteor streaks can be traced back to the shower's origin on the sky. Alongside the Milky Way in the constellation Perseus, the radiant marks the direction along the perodic comet's orbit. Traveling at the speed of light, cosmic gamma-rays impacting Earth's atmosphere generated showers too, showers of high energy particles. Just as the meteor streaks point back to their origin, the even briefer flashes of light from the particles can be used to reconstruct the direction of the particle shower, to point back to the origin on the sky of the incoming gamma-ray. Unlike the meteors, the incredibly fast particle shower flashes can't be followed by eye. But both can be followed by the high speed cameras on the multi-mirrored dishes in the foreground. Of course, the dishes are MAGIC (Major Atmospheric Gamma Imaging Cherenkov) telescopes, an Earth-based gamma-ray observatory on the Canary Island of La Palma.

Gamma-rays and Comet Dust
Image Credit & Copyright: Daniel López (El Cielo de Canarias)
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