The spectacular, eye popping beauty of an erupting volcano is not to be missed if it is captured from space. The ISS happened to be passing over the Sarychev volcano just as it was beginning to erupt. In the image, the plume appears to be brown ash capped with a head of white steam, a result of air rising quickly in a strong updraft, before cooling and condensing.

“The plume was so immense that it cast a large shadow on the island,” said a press release from Nasa Earth Observatory located in Greenbelt, Maryland, US.

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