Volcanic Eruptions are Even More Impressive From Space

By Chris Mills on at

Volcanic eruptions are awe-inspiring if you’re standing nearby — no wonder the Romans thought an angry god lived under Etna — but to get a real sense of perspective, it helps to be a little higher up.

The image above was captured by NASA’s Aqua satellite, and shows the plume of ash and gases drifting away from Mount Raung, a volcano on the Indonesian island of Java. Raung started erupting in late June and is still going, causing authorities to cancel flights, and warn residents to wear face masks. [NASA]