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   Undertoad  Wednesday Jan 22 02:07 PM

1/22/2003: Etna from ISS

This Astronomy Pic of the Day beaut is a few weeks old in the queue. It's Mt. Etna, as seen from the International Space Station last fall.

It's striking, partly because we rarely get aerial views like this, space-height views. The APoD has a LARGER version available which is just huge; about 3000x2000 and about a megabyte in size. I took that version and cropped out just the volcano and a section of plume:

By my extremely rough calculations, that image is about 50 miles square. (Interestingly, the whiter smoke at the bottom is coming from forest fires, not the volcano.)

This is actually our fourth Etna-related image. Over a year ago we had a satellite view of the same kind of thing, but this eruption was a little bigger it seems... some of the ash from it landed in Libya.

Following that satellite image, HB pointed out that Etna was in severe violation of the Kyoto protocol, and the 50 miles square tells you just how much. A lot. This is one dirty smokestack.

Elspode  Wednesday Jan 22 03:32 PM

Outstanding pics, Toad. Thanks!

I'm a major space can't show enough astro pics/satellite pics to suit me.

xoxoxoBruce  Wednesday Jan 22 04:45 PM

Having seen Mt St Helen blow, be asured, it ain't as pretty from the ground.

Slight  Wednesday Jan 22 06:47 PM


(Interestingly, the whiter smoke at the bottom is coming from forest fires, not the volcano.)
Toad, Do you think the forest fires might have been started by the volcano? I'm not so dumb after all.

Uryoces  Thursday Jan 23 01:09 PM

Mt. St. Helens got me out of 5th grade after it blew on May 25th. It left a covering of ash over SW Washington. My mom was stranded in Portland for a few days because the the Toutle River bridge in Kelso was in danger of being washed out by the mudflows.

I'd never seen a mushroom cloud before that day. It makes you feel very small.

xoxoxoBruce  Friday Jan 24 09:08 AM

It's my keyboard and I'll type as long and as large as I want.

Drydock  Friday Jan 24 03:18 PM

does correlation mean causation?

i'm wondering... if maybe... The forest fires started the volcano!!!

Uryoces  Friday Jan 24 03:25 PM

It's not the SIZE of the font, it's what you do with it. Small caps looks cool under the right circumstances:

MT. SAINT HELENS: It's dusty there.

99 44/100% pure  Friday Jan 24 04:46 PM

Visibility factor

Originally posted by xoxoxoBruce
Having seen Mt St Helen blow, be asured, it ain't as pretty from the ground.
I kinda like the large, easier-to-read font (I'm blind as a bat), but y'know, the bigger the font, the more glaring the spelling and grammar errors.

Cam  Friday Jan 24 08:51 PM

Yeah but you can always change the font size on your own computer.

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