This image uses false coloring—the red actually represents healthy vegetation. Earlier this year, the area battled bush fires that devastated Tasmania, destroying a number of homes. The fires that happened in January (when this image was taken) were intensified to record temperatures by a heatwave. DigitalGlobe
DigitalGlobe is an imaging company that uses a constellation of five satellites to beam down incredible pictures of Earth. In the past year, the company collected more than one billion square kilometers of imagery, and they’ve turned to the public to choose which of their images deserves the title of Top Commercial Satellite Image of the Year. They went through the impossible task of whittling it down to 20 finalists, and on December 17, DigitalGlobe will announce the top five, as voted on via Facebook, Pinterest, Google+, and Twitter. Not to sway your vote, but here are a few of our favorites.