AVHRR imagery from the sensor's band 4 shows Klyuchevskoy erupting on 30 September 1994. (NOAA)

Watching volcanoes from space: Part 2

What follows is a very rough guide to the satellites and their systems that routinely feature in volcano-watching. For anyone interested in learning more, most of the systems have dedicated websites with a lot more information. Just Google the name of the system/satellite, or search through the NASA, NOAA or USGS main sites (way too…

Photographed by an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, Etna erupts on 22 July 2001. (NASA)

Watching volcanoes from space: Part 1

On 1 April 1960 US Army Signal Corps pilot Captain William M. Templeton lifted off in a Sikorsky H-19 Chickasaw helicopter from Camp Evans, part of the Fort Monmouth complex in New Jersey, for the short journey to Monmouth County Airport. On board he was carrying precious cargo. At the airfield, Captains Lloyd J. Petty…

Image by NASA.

We are not alone out there!

Yes you are at the correct site and no, I haven’t lost the plot – yet! The following post is intended as a ‘mouth-waterer’ just to show the great variety of volcanism available. Volcanism is not restricted to  the Earth, as evidenced by various probes sent to study other members of the Solar System. Obviously,…