An animation of nighttime satellite images shows the start and breathtakingly rapid spread of the first SoCal wildfires

A second animation shows the giant smoke plume from the Thomas Fire illuminated by this week’s supermoon as it streams over the Pacific

Carl Engelking, Discover’s online editor, has put together a gallery of scarily dramatic images of the SoCal wildfires as seen from space. With that in mind, I thought I would take a somewhat different tack with this post.

Engelking’s gallery consists of images acquired during daytime from the International Space Station and two satellites. (Click on

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