Plume and ash

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May 11 2010 4:00 PM

Plume and ash

NASA's Aqua satellite took this incredible shot of the Iceland volcano Garvenblagentralfamadoran (pronounced "Eyjafjalajökull") on May 10, 2010:

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I know I've posted several of these, but this is my favorite; we can actually see the ground in this one, instead of clouds and ice. You can also trace the plume from the volcano for hundreds of kilometers as well, showing just why this event is making such a mess of things in Europe. NASA's Earth Observatory Picture of the Day is a must-see for anyone interested in these incredibly images coming from space.

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death from the Skies! Follow him on Twitter.