xoxoxoBruce Thursday Jun 25 02:42 AM
June 25, 2009: Matua Volcano
This Sarychev Peak eruption, on Matua Island, in the Kuril Island chain, northeast of Japan, was captured from space.
SPUCK Thursday Jun 25 05:56 AM
Gawd! There goes the neighborhood..
capnhowdy Thursday Jun 25 07:48 AM
Actually this is a space shot of Rosie O'Donnell having an orgasm.
Beestie Thursday Jun 25 07:53 AM
glatt Thursday Jun 25 09:20 AM
That is amazing! Look at how the high clouds are parting and creating a nice clear spot for the ash plume to reach skyward.
birdclaw Thursday Jun 25 10:24 AM
Chuck Norris is a pyroclastic flow.
newtimer Thursday Jun 25 10:47 AM
What makes the cloud cover open up to let the smoke go through?
Happy Monkey Thursday Jun 25 10:56 AM
All the air between the volcano and the clouds being pushed upwards by the plume.
caitlen315 Thursday Jun 25 11:00 AM
I'm guessing that if the flow on the ground is 600 degrees and moving at 130 mph, that there's probably a whole lot of heat and speed in the plume as well. Maybe it's pushing the clouds out of its own way?
TheMercenary Thursday Jun 25 11:36 AM
Very cool. Very very cool.
dar512 Thursday Jun 25 12:02 PM
Very hot. Very very hot.
Saphyre Thursday Jun 25 01:03 PM
Nice find, Bruce. There's so much happening at once during an eruption, its a incredible seeing a nanosecond frozen in time.
Gravdigr Thursday Jun 25 03:11 PM
blueboy56 Thursday Jun 25 05:21 PM
No, No, No, you're all wrong. That's what it felt like the day after my hemorrhoid surgery.
spudcon Thursday Jun 25 10:49 PM
Astronomy picture of the day has it in 3D, but you need red/blue glasses to see the 3D part.
Alluvial Friday Jun 26 08:58 AM
If you can get your eyes just right, you can see the 3D-ness. It's like those Magic Eye things. I can only do it for a few seconds. Awesome looking though!
xoxoxoBruce Saturday Jun 27 02:04 AM
More pictures from Boston dot com
Elspode Saturday Jun 27 11:42 AM
I always have a pair of 3D glasses at my computer. That is cool!
noreaster Tuesday Jun 30 03:56 PM
The hole in the white cloud cover is probably the evaporation of the moisture droplets into the heated air column, which can hold more moisture, rising with the visible ash column.
classicman Tuesday Jun 30 10:07 PM
Steam is not visible?
jinx Tuesday Jun 30 10:14 PM
We can see the steam clouds from Limerick from here...
capnhowdy Tuesday Jun 30 10:30 PM
ZenGum Tuesday Jun 30 11:15 PM
Hello Noreaster and to the cellar.
Elspode Tuesday Jun 30 11:41 PM
Steam is not visible...when it cools below boiling, it leaves the vapor state and becomes visible as condensate in the air.
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Jul 1 12:39 AM
Yes, that's what's coming out of those cooling towers at Limerick, condensed water vapor, not steam.
ZenGum Wednesday Jul 1 10:15 PM
At least, that's what they tell us it is!
Sundae Wednesday Jul 1 10:39 PM
Hang on - Limerick, Eire?
xoxoxoBruce Thursday Jul 2 12:14 AM
No... Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA.
ZenGum Thursday Jul 2 07:43 AM
It's a clone, I tells ya, a mutant clone!!! Wake up, people!!!!!!!!!!