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Holuhraun from outer space

The fissure seen from outer space. Photo: NASA/JPL-Caltech/GSFC/Ashley Davies

We have published some of NASA’s photos in the Holuhraun eruption. Here is one that appeared about two weeks ago. The space image shows the fissure clearly and an interesting glow-in-the-dark effect of the lava through the clouds and plume. This is the caption from the NASA web:

“On the night of Sept. 6, 2014, the Advanced Land Imager (ALI) on NASA's Earth Observing 1 (EO-1) spacecraft observed the ongoing eruption at Holuhraun, Iceland, from an altitude of 438 miles (705 kilometers). Data were collected at a resolution of 98 feet (30 meters) per pixel at different visible and infrared wavelengths.

“Although partially covered by clouds, this scene shows the extent of the lava flows that have been erupting from a long fissure over the last week. The front of the lava flows are to the right (east) and extend more than 6.3 miles (10 kilometers) from the vent. The intense radiant energy from the incandescent lava illuminates the clouds and plume from the vent to create this ethereal scene.”

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