The past four days have seen one of California’s biggest fires in history burning its way toward one of the country’s most beloved national parks. The Rim fire has burned around 160,000 acres so far, including 21,000 acres inside the park.
The images above were taken each night from August 23 to August 26 by NASA’s Suomi NPP satellite. The size of the fire can be clearly seen (especially when compared to familiar nearby cities like Las Vegas, Reno and San Francisco as well as Lake Tahoe in this bigger image, taken by the same satellite).
Jeffrey Martin has been making panoramic maps for 10 years now. His perspective pre-dates–and produces results comparable to, in some cases better than–Google Street View. It’s certainly bigger. He produced a picture of London, for example, that some say is the largest photograph (320 gigapixels) ever made.