Smoke from Australia's fires will make 'full circuit' around the world

This satellite image provided by NASA on Saturday Jan. 4 2020 shows wildfires in Victoria and New South Wales Australia

NASA astronaut Christina Koch shared this image of smoke towering over Australia on January 14, 2020.

"An vast ash cloud covers Australia as we fly toward the sunset", Parmitano tweeted Monday (Jan. 13), showing a thick cloud of dust and smoke covering the desert.

The photo of the effects of the natural disaster was captured from space by Luca Parmitano, an astronaut from the European Space Agency. Suomi NPP serves as an important link between the current generation of Earth-observing satellites and the next generation of climate and weather satellites.

On Monday, Parmitano posted on Twitter photos of Earth he took from the space station.

Typically known as the "land of the long white cloud", New Zealand may have to rethink its name if the now more usual dark clouds continue to hover over the country.

They warn that pyroCbs produce clouds that "behave like traditional thunderstorms but without the accompanying precipitation".

Like Parmitano, other astronauts aboard the ISS have already witnessed past wildfires from space such as those in California and the Amazon a year ago.

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The latest bushfire season in Australia is already one of the worst on record, with over 18.6 million hectares burned so far.

In a release, NASA observed that "a black circle shows the smoke which had been traced from its origins coming back to the eastern region of Australia after having travelled around the world". The agency noted that the clouds are now traveling across the planet.

Because of the rate and strength at which the fires are burning and the amount of pollution entering the air, NASA scientists believe the heavy smoke will make "at least one full circuit around the globe" before returning to its origins in Australia.

The yellow in this graphic indicates the smoke haze travelling around the world.

"NASA satellites can show the movement of the smoke across the globe as evidenced above, but other instruments found onboard can give scientists, firefighters, health experts, local government, and others information about what is happening on the ground in real-time", NASA said.

8, plumes from the firestorm had traveled all the way to South America, causing hazy skies and discolored sunrises and sunsets.

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