April 6, 2011
This band is the disk of our spiral galaxy. Since we are inside this disk, the band appears to encircle the Earth. The above spectacular picture of the Milky Way arch, however, goes where the unaided eye cannot. Photographer Juan Carlos Casado.
March 25, 2011
An expedition member walks on the cooled lava floor, turned red by the reflected glow of a lake, of a caldera in Nyiragongo volcano in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. “Down here you feel the volcano,” says photographer Carsten Peter. Photograph Carsten Peter
March 12, 2011
The world’s “sleeping giants” can wake up much quicker than thought, according to a new volcano model. Scientists believe the magma chambers—or reservoirs of molten rock—under dormant volcanoes are filled with sticky, viscous mush.
March 10, 2011
Pu’u ‘O’o crater (seen in a file picture) is located in a remote section of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which has been temporarily closed to the public due to the recent activity.
February 16, 2011
Passengers flying off on a Caribbean holiday were stunned when they spotted this massive volcanic eruption, which sent a huge plume of ash into the sky. Picture Mary Jo Penkala
January 30, 2011
Horses are herded to safety away from volcanic ash clouds near Eyjafjallajokull, Iceland.
Picture Rakel Sigurda
January 28, 2011
A one-mile cordon has been established around a volcano on Mount Kirishima after it erupted scattering rocks and ash across southern Japan and sending smoke billowing 5,000ft into the air.
January 25, 2011
Snow cover highlights the calderas and volcanic cones that form the northern and southern ends of Onekotan Island, part of the Russian Federation in the western Pacific Ocean.
January 24, 2011
The super-volcano beneath Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming has been rising at a record rate since 2004.
Erupt for the first time in 600,000 years, wiping out two-thirds of the U.S.?