Devastating California wildfires pictured from SPACE by Nasa astronaut on board ISS

HUNDREDS of fires have been burning across California during a heatwave with smoke clouds so large they can be seen from space.

Nasa astronaut Chris Cassidy captured photos of the fires while floating above Earth on the International Space Station.

Cassidy tweeted three images and wrote: "Thanks to all of the fire fighters and emergency teams who are working around the clock trying to get these fires contained.

"Thoughts and prayers to all of the people in the impacted areas. #CaliforniaFires."

He shared the images on August 21 when over 350 fires had been recorded in the US state.

Unusual lightning storms have been partially blamed for the multiple fires as well as strong winds and increased temperatures.

The state does expect a fire season but experts thought this one would be particularly bad due to the current heatwave.

According to CalFire public information officer Jeremy Rahn, around one million acres of land has been burnt.

This is said to be a huge figure when compared to previous fire seasons that usually occur between August and November.

Astronaut Cassidy has been on the ISS since April.

He also snapped photos of Hurricane Genevieve from the space station.

Astronauts are often required to observe extreme weather events from space.

What is the ISS?

Here's what you need to know about the International Space Station…

  • The International Space Station, often abbreviated to ISS, is a large space craft that orbits Earth and houses astronauts who go up there to complete scientific missions
  • Many countries worked together to build it and they work together to use it
  • It is made up of many pieces, which astronauts had to send up individually on rockets and put together from 1998 to 2000
  • Ever since the year 2000, people have lived on the ISS
  • Nasa uses the station to learn about living and working in space
  • It is approximately 250 miles above Earth and orbits around the planet just like a satellite
  • Living inside the ISS is said to be like living inside a big house with five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a gym, lots of science labs and a big bay window for viewing Earth

In other news, an incredible image of an avalanche on Mars catapulting dust across the planet's surface has been shared online by Nasa.

And, waterfalls in Australia were captured flowing backgrounds during a storm last week.

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