This striking, otherworldy scene really is a view from planet Earth! The ochre sky and strawberry red Sun were photographed on August 22nd near the small village of Strawberry, California, USA. Image © Laurie Hatch Used with permission.
Found along Highway 108, that location is about 30 miles north of the origin of California’s large Rim Fire, still threatening areas in and around Yosemite National Park. The extensive smoke plumes from the wildfire are easily visible from space.
But seen from within the plumes, the fine smoke particles suspended in the atmosphere dim the Sun, scattering blue light and strongly coloring the sky.
Image © Jeff Schmaltz, LANCE/EOSDIS Rapid Response. Caption by Adam Voiland
On August 26, 2013, the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite captured this image of the Rim fire burning in and near Yosemite National Park. Red outlines indicate hot spots where MODIS detected unusually warm surface temperatures associated with fire.