Awesome View of the Active Pavlov Volcano, as Seen from the Space Station

Article written: 23 May , 2013
Updated: 23 Dec , 2015
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The Pavlof Volcano began erupting on May 13, 2013, shooting lava into the air and spewing an ash cloud 20,000 feet (6,000 meters) high. This image from the International Space Station was taken on May 18, and provides a unique oblique (sideways) glance at the action. When the photograph was taken, the space station was about 475 miles south-southeast of the volcano (49.1° North latitude, 157.4° West longitude). The volcanic plume extended southeastward over the North Pacific Ocean.

NASA says the oblique perspective reveals the three dimensional structure of the ash plume, which is usually not visible from the top-down views of most remote sensing satellites.

If the volcano keeps erupting and spewing ash at those heights, it could interfere with airline traffic. Pavlov is one of the most frequently erupting volcanoes in the Aleutian arc. It last erupted in August of 2007; it previously had not been active since 1996.

There’s more information — and an impressive set of ground-based images — on the Pavlov Volcano at the Alaska Volcano Observatory website, and here’s a helicopter video of the eruption:

There are also a few more ISS images of the volcano at the NASA Earth Observatory website.

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4 Responses

  1. Douglas4517 says

    One wonders if the activity along the Pacific “Ring of Fire” is directly related to this.

  2. This is an awesome example of what we can learn about Earth from the unique perspective of space. Join SpaceUnited as we use this technology to help people all over the world.

    Adam Brinckerhoff
    Development Engineer
    SpaceUnited

  3. Planemo says

    Whoa! I imagine this huge volcano, on lil’ole planet earth, circling one average star, in one average solar system, with in a sea of hundred’s of million’s of other solar systems, circling with in one galaxy, in a sea of hundreds of trillions other of galaxy’s, which are all expanding away from one another in all directions.

    WHOA, my mind is blinded by the ‘domino thought effect’. Who or what made this expending in all directions universe? How was it made? Why was it made? After physical death, is this suppose to be it for life?

    I always manage to scare the thought(s) out of myself. Just like a three year old child saying “why” to their parents. We humans are so inquisitive. We just have to know everything no matter what age we are. We humans are after this one question. And it is huge! It contains a dozen letters, into four words, into one sentence. -“WHY ARE WE HERE”?-

  4. friv 4 says

    wow. That is a beauty of nature. I wish I was there firsthand view

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