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What A Volcanic Eruption Looks Like From 400 Km Above Earth In Space


Volcanic eruptions are quite a spectacular phenomenon on their own albeit often catastrophic. Everyone loves to witness a volcano blow up but no one really wants to be close to one when it does.

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Bjorn Steinbekk

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Whether it’s the spewing of hot smoke in the air or seeing the molten orange lava oozing out of its cracks, it’s a sight to behold. However, have you ever wondered what a volcanic eruption would look like from space?

  

I stumbled across this post on Twitter that showcased the breathtaking volcano while the International Space Station moved away from it. 

Astronauts on the ISS captured the Sarychev Volcano at the Kuril Islands located northeast of Japan, in Russia. The series of shots were captured over a decade ago in 2009. The peak is regarded as one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain, located on the northwestern end of Matua Island.

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According to NASA, this detailed image at the time allowed volcanologists to witness several phenomena that occur during the earliest stages of an explosive volcanic eruption. The plume appears to comprise brown ash and white steam. 

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NASA

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In the report, NASA claims that the smooth white cloud on top could be water condensation that’s a result of rapidly rising and cooling of the air mass above the ash column. Meteorologists call this pileus cloud. 

On the other hand, you can also see a grey ash cloud that appears to be almost on the ground descending from the summit of the volcano, as the plume of rising smoke casts a shadow to the northwest region of the island.

What do you think about this breathtaking view of the volcano? Tell us in the comments below and keep reading Indiatimes.com for the latest in science and technology news.





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