SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Thousand-Ruby Galaxy, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Thousand-Ruby Galaxy, More
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August 20, 2008--A fire at the Ras Lanuf oil refinery complex casts a plume of black smoke into the clear skies near Libya's Mediterranean coast.

NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of the blaze, which burned for several days.

Libya's National Oil Corporation reported that the fire was an industrial accident in which no one was injured. The nation's proven oil reserves are the world's ninth largest.
—Image by Jeff Schmaltz/MODIS Land Rapid Response Team/NASA/GSFC
 
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