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Friday, June 26, 2009

Sarychev Peak Eruption, Kuril Islands as viewed from the ISS

On the ISS one can look down as well as up.
Sometimes being in the right place at the right time, you catch a view of what is happening here on Earth.

Just when you thought you were the center of attraction, mother Earth clears her throat and puts you in your place.
Be good now.
- LRK -

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Sarychev Peak Eruption, Kuril Islands

A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev Volcano (Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain, and it is located on the northwestern end of Matua Island. Prior to June 12, the last explosive eruption occurred in 1989, with eruptions in 1986, 1976, 1954, and 1946 also producing lava flows. Ash from the multi-day eruption has been detected 2,407 kilometers east-southeast and 926 kilometers west-northwest of the volcano, and commercial airline flights are being diverted away from the region to minimize the danger of engine failures from ash intake.



Stunning pictures of the volcano that blew a hole in the sky as astronauts witness eruption from International Space Station

By Eddie Wrenn
Last updated at 7:46 PM on 25th June 2009
Framed by a circle of clouds, this is a stunning illustration of Nature's powerful force.
A plume of smoke, ash and steam soars five miles into the sky from an erupting volcano.
The extraordinary image was captured by the crew of the International Space Station 220 miles above a remote Russian island in the North Pacific.

Thanks for looking up with me. [or down in this case, from the ISS]

Larry Kellogg

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Thursday, June 25, 2009
Sarychev Peak Volcano in Stereo
The web (and the universe) is an amazing place. My sister-in-law Laura turned me on NASA's "Astronomy Picture of the Day" website. I bookmarked it and put it in my Daily folder so I get a cool new picture from NASA every day. While the web site has that late 1990's look and feel, the pictures are stunning.
[See image on the web - LRK -]
This is the June 12th eruption of the Sarychev Peak Volcano as photographed from the International Space Station (400 km above Earth). Lest we forget, we are a very small species on a very small planet in a very large universe.
Try not to take yourself too seriously today - if you start, just ponder this photo.
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Discover the cosmos! Each day a different image or photograph of our
fascinating universe is featured, along with a brief explanation written by
a professional astronomer.
2009 June 25



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