Iceland’s Volcanic Eruption, as Seen From Space

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When glowing lava peeked through a gap in the clouds above Iceland this week, NASA satellites finally caught a sky-high view of the fiery eruption.

Iceland’s spectacular lava fountains, spewing from a long fissure northeast of Bardarbunga volcano, have been monitored hour-by-hour by a horde of excited scientists. The public is watching too, by live webcam and through photographers and journalists brought in by car, plane and helicopter.

But satellite coverage has been sparse since the eruption started Aug. 28. Only a few satellites orbit the high latitudes, and inclement weather has hidden the lava field from their electronic eyes, according to NASA’s Earth Observatory. Read more…

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