Amazing photo of two
separate volcanoes erupting at the same time! While airborne at 37,000
feet over southern Italy (N39.5 E015.5) I had a very rare sight. In the
distance was 10,924 foot Mt. Etna [wiki], mainland Europe's tallest active volcano, freshly erupting on Sicily [
wiki]. I have seen it smoking before [BBC] but this fresh eruption had
only started today [News]. Below was smaller 3031 foot Stromboli [wiki] which has been surprising almost continuously active for about 2000
years! These smaller islands are part of a volcanic chain called
the Aeolian Islands [wiki] in the Tyrrhenian Sea [wiki]. Incidentally, the 3rd active volcano in
Italy is Mt. Vesuvius [wiki] which, although wasn't active on that day, is historically known for
its destruction of Pompeii [wiki]
in 79 AD.
flattish 1637 foot high island in the centre of the photograph is called
Vulcano [wiki ], and by
definition is the first volcano! It was the local hot-spot during the
Roman days and was named by them Vulcano, a term that evolved and spread
to eventually describe all volcanoes. The
Romans had inherited the ancient Greek Gods which included Hephaestus [wiki],
which they had renamed Vulcan [wiki].
He was the god of blacksmiths (metal craft/fire) and the volcano was
thought to be the chimney of his furnace.
60D, Tamron 18-200mm.
26 Oct 2013 1454z. [800x600]
2013 Brian Whittaker (.com)
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International Space Station ISS photo from American NASA Astronaut
Richard Wiseman taken 14 August 2014 is shown above. His Internet
Twitter release was well received globally. I have re-shown it here to
illustrate the different perspectives between pilots and astronauts. He
is in orbit between May and November 2014.
[800x600] [Twitter] [ESA].