Volcano Eruption from Space


The above photo is the Russian Sarychev Peak volcano in the Kuril Islands exploding through the atmosphere on June 12. 

The photo was captured by  the International Space Station; scientists are excited because it shows the shock wave and top of the blast steam bubble and conditions had to be absolutely perfect for it to happen. 

As NASA scientists M. Justin Wilkinson writes, “there must be almost no wind for the plume to shoot so high into the atmosphere undisturbed.”

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