No, this is not a photograph of Australia from space. Here's what it's all about



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No, this is not a photograph of Australia from space. Here's what it's all about



CATASTROPHAL fires have been plaguing Australia for months, fueled by record high heat and high winds. Tens of thousands of people were evacuated from homes, some had to flee to beaches and the sea, and 25 people were killed.

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A dramatic picture has started circulating on social networks in recent days: it shows all of Australia, supposedly a satellite photo taken from the International Space Station (ISS), with all the fires currently devastating this country.

However, as the famous fact-checking site Snopes writes, it is not a photograph at all and the source is not the ISS. It's actually a 3D visualization that covers “all affected areas” of fires, not all of which are still active.

A 3D visualization of the fires in Australia by Anthony Hearsey (IG: https://t.co/KT8FFYNg8N). The data used came from NASA's FIRMS (Fire Information for Resource Management System) between 05/12/19 – 05/01/20 (check here the source of the data: https://t.co/jwP6MF9Z1R) pic.twitter. com / FKes61P5CA

– Massimo (@ Rainmaker1973) January 5, 2020

3D visualization compiled using NASA data

Hearsey himself pointed out that he pointed out at Reddit that it was not a photo, but that it could be called a “nicer chart”.

The author of this composite image is Anthony Hearsey, an “image creator specializing in photography, retouching, and creative image creation,” who compiled NASA satellite data collected over a period of one month and then visualized it.

Despite rain finally beginning to fall in the east, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison warns that the fires could continue for months.

“We are in unknown territory. We can't pretend that this is something we've faced before. Not ”; said Morrison.

No, this is not a photograph of Australia from space. Here's what it's all about

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