This true-color image was taken over northern Australia on October 2, 2000, by the Moderate-resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS), flying aboard NASAs Terra spacecraft. There are roughly a dozen
wildfires visible in the scene, which spans from Western Australia
(left), across the Northern Territory, and into Queensland (right).
In this image, clouds appear bright white and smoke plume appear darker
and greyish. The pixels containing the wildfires are colored red (hot)
and yellow (hotter). There are quite a few large burn scars from
previous wildfires, which appear as black splotches across the
The large bay along northern shore is the Gulf of Carpentaria (visible
in the full size image), which is
roughly 400 miles (about 640 km) wide.