Three months and countless Olympic swimming pools of lava later, Kilauea seems to have pressed the pause button on its fiery eruption. But it’s too soon to tell if the Hawaiian volcano has chilled out for good.
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The United States Geological Survey (USGS) Volcanoes account on Twitter has been quite busy providing updates and answering questions about the recent Kilauea eruption in Hawaii.
But the organisation did take some time out to answer one burning question from a curious Twitter user - if they could roast marshmallows over a fissure vent. You know, that thing that the lava spews out of.
It looks like a giant fire scaled dragon snaking its body across the scorched Earth. Or like the fire brick road that leads you into Mordor. Any way my imagination tries to spin it, the reality is that it looks awesome. And the reality is that it's drone footage from Iceland of flowing lava from a volcano that exploded.
Video: Whenever I see an epic volcano explosion, such as this one of Volcano Calbuco in Chile exploding for the first time in 40 years, from the comforts of my own home through a glorious timelapse video shot in 4K, I can't help but wonder about a time without video cameras, the internet, cities and light pollution, and imagine what I would feel if I saw mountains literally explode with lava and ash for the first time.
Looking through the dome's small porthole, the only view was of a barren field of red rocks. The astronauts ate freeze-dried food and shared cramped quarters for eight months to further space exploration, only venturing out to the alien landscape wearing spacesuits. At the end of the claustrophobic mission, they were greeted with a "Back to Earth" celebration.
I don't know if I would be happy to fly so close of an active volcano that is ejecting lava like in this photo featured on National Geographic's Your Shot. I know the plane is not flying over the lava, but you never know when Earth is going to get mad. For photographer Baldur Sveinsson, however, it's business as usual.
Overnight, the closely watched Bárðarbunga volcano in Iceland officially went from rumbling to erupting under the ice. The Icelandic Met Office has already issued a red alert for planes, but it's unlikely to turn into a repeat of the flight cancellation shitshow of 2010 -- thanks to better science about volcanic ash.
Back in 2008, astronomers detected an asteroid heading straight toward Earth. For the first time ever, they tracked the rock as it veered towards our planet and exploded over the Nubian desert. Now, pieces of the recovered meteorite are beginning to reveal its secrets -- like how it once harbored an active volcano.
Look at that lonely guy, so tiny and fragile on the edge of the fiery Gates of Hell -- the Kilauea Volcano's Halemaumau Crater. His name is Andrew Hara, the photographer who took this amazing self-portrait, which was just featured as photo of the day in National Geographic's Your Shot. How the hell did he do it?