This image was taken by the Suomi NPP satellite's Day-Night Band around 0950Z on August 23, 2013.
You've probably heard it a few times already: The wildfire raging north of Yosemite National Park has burned 149,780 acres, an area as big as Chicago.
Today, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released a couple of photographs taken by the Suomi NPP satellite over the weekend.
One of them is a nighttime shot that is just stunning. It shows the Rim Fire looking just as bright as San Francisco and a plume of smoke emerging from it:
We'll leave you with another extraordinary shot. This one was tweeted by NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg, who is currently on the International Space Station: