Agricultural fires burned in northwestern India in late October 2009. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this true-color image on October 21. Red outlines mark hotspots associated with actively burning fires. Many of the blazes produce small plumes of smoke that blow toward the southeast. The larger image shows a plume of haze, likely a combination of smoke and urban air pollution, hugging the southern face of the Himalaya.
Acquired November 8, 2009, this true-color image shows a cluster of fires, marked by red outlines, burning in northwestern India, not far from the Pakistan border. Haze appears especially thick in Pakistan, and might result from multiple sources.