Above and Beyond: Sarychev Volcano

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This video shows a picture of Sarychev Volcano on Russia's Matua Island as it erupted on June 12, 2009. It was taken by an astronaut on the International Space Station. 

Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach in collaboration with the NASA Earth Observatory.

All images, illustrations, and videos courtesy of NASA except:
·       Aerial photo of Mt. Erebus: Jeanie Mackinder
·       Ground-based photo of Mt. Erebus: Dr. Eric Christian / NASA
·       Sea creature illustration copyright The National Library of Israel, Shapell Family Digitization Project _and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Department of Geography – Historic Cities Research Project
·       Ground-based photos of Eyjafjallajökull: David Karnå
·       Eyjafjallajökull video footage: Ágúst Guðbjörnsson / agustgudbjornsson.com
·       EO-1 satellite illustration: ATK
·       Fimmvörðuháls fissure photo: Henrik Thorburn
·       Simulation of ash spreading over Europe: Nina Kristiansen, Sabine Eckhardt, NILU
·       Eyjafjallajökull panorama: Henrik Thorburn
·       Mount St. Helens aerial photo: USGS
Music courtesy of Associated Production Music
Written by Tracy Vogel
Designed by Marc Lussier

Aerial view of Sarychev Volcano
Text, SARYCHEV VOLCANO, Matua Island, Russia
An ash plume rises from a volcano.
Text, An astronaut on the International Space Station took this picture of Sarychev Volcano on Russia's Matua Island as it erupted on June 12, 2009.
The ash plume billows high into the atmosphere and has a rounded white dome top.
Text, The curious-looking plume appears to have punched a hole through the clouds surrounding the volcano.
A picture of an opening in a circle of clouds through which the plume rises.
Text, The shockwave of the eruption may have formed the smooth white cloud atop the plume as hot air cooled.