Mount Etna is erupting and astronauts are watching it from space

The majestic Mount Etna is erupting so strongly within the Mediterranean that it’s catching the eye of the International Space Station crew.

Members of Expedition 66 at the moment in orbit shared some views of space of the extremely energetic volcano, which has erupted dozens of occasions prior to now year alone. 

“@astro_luca’s home volcano #Etna is clearly smoking (and spitting lava as I learnt from the news) πŸŒ‹,” wrote European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer on Saturday (Feb. 12), referring to fellow ESA spaceflyer Luca Parmitano, who is from Italy.

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On the Russian facet of the space station, cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, the Russian space agency, additionally despatched a report down from orbit. “Red-hot lava flows out of the crater, and clouds of ash and smoke are in the sky over Sicily. The activity of the volcano then stops, then resumes with a series of powerful explosions πŸŒ‹.”

Mount Etna was so active in 2021 that it grew by 100 toes (30 meters) in half a year. Astronauts can help with satellite tv for pc observations of pure phenomena corresponding to volcanoes and hurricanes snapping their very own images from the ISS.

Volcanic plumes can attain very excessive altitudes and can doubtlessly affect air visitors, whereas sulfur dioxide nearer to the bottom can irritate the human respiratory system and set off bronchial asthma or different respiratory circumstances.

Mount Etna is believed to be a submarine volcano that popped above sea stage after a number of eruptions, as a result of solidified lava, in accordance with NASA’s Earth Observatory. The mountain has lava flows over its floor that date to way back to 300,000 years in the past.

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