A striking view of Pavlof Volcano photographed by astronauts aboard the International Space Station (ISS), on May 18, 2013. The oblique perspective from the ISS reveals the three-dimensional structure of the ash plume, which is often obscured by the top-down view of most remote sensing satellites. Image © NASA
Situated in the Aleutian Arc about 625 miles (1,000 kilometers) southwest of Anchorage, Pavlof began erupting on May 13, 2013. The volcano jetted lava into the air and spewed an ash cloud 20,000 feet (6,000 meters) high. When photograph ISS036-E-2105 (top) was taken, the space station was about 475 miles south-southeast of the volcano (49.1° North latitude, 157.4° West longitude). The volcanic plume extended southeastward over the North Pacific Ocean.