The rate of deliberately lit fires reportedly escalated during the Australian school holidays. "Australia. Our hearts and thoughts are with you", Koch tweeted Tuesday (Jan. 14).
The American crew member's post swiftly received thousands of likes, with several users expressing their sadness at the continuing tragedy in Australia. "If this keeps happening the planet is going to end up just like Venus".
But the direct cause of the Australia fires is a result of arson, not climate change, as Breitbart News has chronicled.
"An huge ash cloud covers Australia as we fly toward the sunset", Parmitano tweeted Monday (Jan. 13), showing a thick cloud of dust and smoke covering the desert.
The astronaut's accompanying a photo depicted an ominous cloud of dust and smoke covering the Australian desert.
Aside from the ISS astronauts, NASA's satellites are also monitoring Australia's bushfires from space.
Mr Parmitano said in another tweet: "Australia fires: lives, hopes, dreams in ashes".
Since September, at least 27 people have been killed while a whopping 12 million acres have been wiped out, destroying thousands of homes and buildings in the process.
"NASA satellites can show the movement of the smoke across the globe as evidenced above, but other instruments found onboard can give scientists, firefighters, health experts, local government, and others information about what is happening on the ground in real-time", NASA said.
The yellow in this graphic indicates the smoke haze travelling around the world.
The smoke haze has reached South America and will soon come back to Australia.
"Beyond New Zealand, by January 8, the smoke had traveled halfway around Earth, crossing South America, turning the skies hazy and causing colorful sunrises and sunsets", NASA stated.
The smoke has billowed into the lower stratosphere, reaching 17.7 kilometres above sea level, U.S. space agency NASA said this week.
Ash, smoke and burning material are lifted into the atmosphere via super-heated updrafts.
"As the hot air rises and spreads out, it cools, causing water vapour to condense and form clouds".