It can be seen from space.

An image of one of the massive wildfires burning in the Southwestern United States was recently captured by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station.

The photo shows smoke drifting at night near Juarez, Mexico and El Paso, Texas. This particular smoke comes from the Whitewater-Baldy fire, the latest wildfire in the history of New Mexico. The fire has burned nearly 300,000 acres since it started with a lightning strike May 16, according to the US Forest Service.

The fire is almost 90 percent contained now and is still 225 miles northeast of El Paso. But winds have carried this smoke as far away as the East Coast.

According to, the image was taken June 2 by an Expedition 31 crewmember with a Nikon D35 consumer camera. A Russian craft is visible at left.