This montage of New Horizons images shows Jupiter and its volcanic moon Io, and were taken during the spacecraft’s Jupiter flyby in early 2007. The image of Jupiter is an infrared color composite that highlights variations in the altitude of the Jovian cloud tops, with blue denoting high-altitude clouds and hazes, and red indicating deeper clouds. The prominent bluish-white oval is the Great Red Spot.
The image of Io is an approximately true-color composite and shows a major eruption in progress on the night side, at the northern volcano Tvashtar. Incandescent lava glows red beneath a volcanic plume, whose uppermost portions are illuminated by sunlight. The plume appears blue due to scattering of light by small particles within it.
Dawn approaches Oahu in this true-colour Terra MODIS satellite view of the Hawaiian Islands from 2003.
From lower right to upper left, the “Big Island” (Hawaii), Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai, and Niihau islands all make up the state of Hawaii, which lies more than 2,000 miles from any other part of the United States of America.
The small red dot on the Big Island’s southeastern side marks the Puʻu ʻŌʻō cone, the Kilauea Volcano’s current hotspot. Kilauea has been erupting almost continuously since January 1983, and is one of the world’s best studied volcanoes.
Image courtesy Jacques Descloitres, MODIS Land Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC
The skies above southern Chile the day after an eruption in the Puyehue-Cordón Caulle volcanic chain. An average of 230 earthquakes an hour were recorded in the region before the eruption, which blew an ash cloud six miles high and produced storms of volcanic lightning (via Eyewitness: Volcanic lightning | World news | The Guardian)
is a photo like this even comprehensible?
Eruptions, Earthquakes, Thunderbolts and Lightning, Very very frightening - me! Galileo (Galileo) Galileo Figaro Magnifico!
The picture is taken just outside a small fishing village on the island Senja in Northern Norway. The mountains in the picture raise to about 800 meters above sea level, and they are actually much steeper than suggested by the distorted ultra-wide-angle perspective presented here.
As always, the patient one is eventually rewarded. I have been looking for these conditions for quite some time, spending several hours at the same spot ready to capture this image. Clear sky, still weather and no moon light allows most of the fine structure of the auroral display to be captured.
In the absence of moon light, the mountains and the sea are illuminated only by the aurora itself. Hence, they take on a green cast. It is indeed breathtaking to experience how the surrounding landscape can be lit up in green by strong aurora outbreaks.
This picture was captured with a Nikon D700 camera and a Nikkor AF-S 14-24mm f/2.8 zoom with some solid support. The lens was shot wide open. The combination of the Nikon FX sensor and the state-of-the-art zoom takes the enjoyment of low light photography to a new level.
‘Volcano’ won the Stars and Night Sky challenge, the Best Picture Ever challenge, and ended as number 10 in the Challenge of Challenges 2009 at dpreview.com.
Derweze (Turkmen language: The Gate, also known as Darvaza) is a Turkmenistan village of about 350 inhabitants, located in the middle of the Kara-Kum desert, about 260 km north from Ashgabat. Darvaza inhabitants are mostly Turkmen of the Teke tribe, preserving a half-nomadic lifestyle. The Derweze area is rich in natural gas. While drilling in 1971 geologists accidentally found an underground cavern filled with natural gas. The ground beneath the drilling rig collapsed, leaving a large hole with a diameter of about 50-100 meters. To avoid poisonous gas discharge, it was decided to burn the gas. Geologists had hoped the fire would go out in a few days but it has been burning ever since. Locals have named the cavern The Door to Hell. Next to capturing the gas, flaring is safer and friendlier to the environment than releasing the methane into the atmosphere as methane is a relatively potent greenhouse gas with a high global warming potential of 72 (averaged over 20 years) or 25 (averaged over 100 years). Turkmenistan plans to increase its production of natural gas. In April 2010, the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow visited the site and ordered that the hole should be closed, or other measures be taken to limit its influence on the development of other natural gas fields in the area.