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The Parinacota and Pomerape stratovolcanoes (top to bottom) are pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 263 miles above the South American nation of Chile.

Kavachi Volcano in the Solomon Islands is one of the most active submarine volcanoes in the Pacific.

When the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano erupted on Jan. 15, 2022, it sent atmospheric shock waves, sonic booms, and tsunami waves around the world. Now, scientists are finding the volcano's effects also reached space.

A fresh analysis of the possible cooling effect of the sulfur dioxide injected into the atmosphere by the Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai volcano in January 2022 has concluded that the impact will be much smaller than initially thought--but the researchers responsible add some major caveats to this conclusion.

NASA is launching a prototype instrument that could make it easier to monitor volcanic activity and air quality.

The atmospheric plume from an underwater volcano eruption in the Pacific nation of Tonga is pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 269 miles above the Pacific Ocean northwest of Auckland, New Zealand.

A View of Vesuvius As Seen From Orbit

Mount Vesuvius, located 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) southeast of Naples, Italy, is the only active volcano on Europe's mainland.

Since the Cumbre Vieja volcano began erupting on 19 September 2021, lava has burned through homes, roads and farmlands causing mass destruction on the west part of the Canary Island of La Palma.

La Palma Lava Flows Seen From Space

Thomas Pesquet: The volcano in #LaPalma continues to look impressive. The lava shines more brightly than the street lights as it makes it way to the Atlantic Ocean.

A new study suggests sea discoloration data obtained from satellite images as a novel criterion in predicting if eruption looms for an underwater volcano.

Hawaii's Kilauea is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Because of this and its relative ease of accessibility, it is also among the most heavily outfitted with monitoring equipment - instruments that measure and record everything from earthquakes and ground movement to lava volume and advancement.

Although there are telltale signs that a volcano is likely to erupt in the near future - an uptick in seismic activity, changes in gas emissions, and sudden ground deformation, for example - accurately predicting such eruptions is notoriously hard.

Mount Etna Seen From Orbit

Mount Etna, an active volcano on the east coast of Sicily, Italy, is pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 263 miles above.

Mount Taranaki Seen From Orbit

Mount Taranaki on the island nation of New Zealand is pictured from the International Space Station as it orbited 268 miles above the South Pacific.

Instead of looking up to the sky for bright bursts of fiery color, a research team spent Fourth of July 2018 peering down at fiery globs of molten lava from a sky-diving airplane.

Captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 mission on 21 August 2019, this image features a huge raft of pumice rock drifting in the Pacific Ocean. The pumice is believed to have come from an underwater volcano near Tonga, which erupted on 7 August.

Unlike some of its perpetually active neighbors on the Kamchatka Peninsula, Raikoke Volcano on the Kuril Islands rarely erupts. The small, oval-shaped island most recently exploded in 1778 and 1924.

The active volcano of Mount Tambora on the Indonesian province island of West Nusa Tenggara is pictured as the International Space Station orbited 256 miles above the southeast Asian nation.

Eruption Of Mt. Etna Seen From Space

For the first time in perhaps a decade, Mount Etna experienced a "flank eruption" -- erupting from its side instead of its summit -- on December 24, 2018.

New NASA satellite imagery captured a hot lava flow from fissure 8 of Hawaii's Kilauea volcano.

A camera used at the Gemini North telescope to monitor sky conditions from Hawaii's Maunakea captured a remarkable time-lapse sequence of the Kilauea volcanic eruption.

The eruption of Kilauea Volcano on the island of Hawaii triggered a number of gas- and lava-oozing fissures in the East Riff Zone of the volcano. The fissures and high levels of sulfur dioxide gas prompted evacuations in the area.

Erupting Russian Volcano Seen From Orbit

Shiveluch, one of the world's most active volcanoes, is seen poking through above a solid cloud deck, with an ash plume streaming to the west.

Kronotskaya Sopka Seen From Orbit

Космонавт Сергей Рязанский: Kronotskaya Sopka, surrounded by clouds of clouds. Many say it is one of the most picturesque volcanoes of the kamchatka province.

Meteorite impacts can produce more than craters on the Earth - they can also spark volcanic activity that shapes its surface and climate by bringing up material from depth.

One of our planet's few exposed lava lakes is changing, and artificial intelligence is helping NASA understand how.

Volcanoes erupt, they spew ash, their scarred flanks sometimes run with both lava and landslides.

Murray Ford was scanning satellite imagery of a young island in Tonga called Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha'apai when he noticed something odd--a turquoise plume of water--in the corner of an image.

In March 2016, ash poured from a stratovolcano in the Kuril Islands.

Volcano Steaming As Seen From Orbit

A volcano steaming into the air. NASA astronaut Scott Kelly captured this image while aboard the International Space Station.

The journey for volcanic rocks found on many volcanic islands began deep within the Earth.

After several weeks of tectonic rumblings beneath the surface, one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia began spewing ash plumes and lava into the skies over tropical Asia.

On May 25, 2015, Wolf volcano, the highest peak in the Galapagos, began erupting for the first time in 33 years.

On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens gave way to a cataclysmic flank collapse, avalanche, and explosion that killed 57 people and displaced many others. The event dramatically reshaped the volcano and surrounding land in southwest Washington.

Calbuco Volcano in southern Chile has erupted for the first time since 1972, with the last major eruption occurring in 1961 that sent ash columns 12-15 kilometers high.

Located near the equator in central Africa, the Nyamuragira and Nyiragongo volcanoes are often obscured from satellite view by clouds.

Eruption at Bardarbunga, Iceland (true color) Aqua/MODIS 2015/018 01/18/2015 13:10 UTC

Fogo Volcano As Seen By Sentinel's radar

Radar images from the Sentinel-1A satellite are helping to monitor ground movements of the recently erupted Fogo volcano.

One of the Expedition 41 crew members onboard the International Space Station, flying at an altitude of 226 nautical miles, exposed this image of Mount Egmont Volcano, New Zealand

One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station photographed this nadir image of the volcanic-born Banks Peninsula, on the east coast of the South Island of New Zealand on May 31, 2014.

One of the Expedition 40 crew members aboard the International Space Station recorded this nearly vertical image of the Taranaki region on the west coast of New Zealand's North Island on May 31, 2014.

Analyzing Mt. Kilimanjaro From Orbit

This false-colour image from Japan's ALOS satellite was acquired over part of southern Kenya and the border with Tanzania.

Bazman Volcano As Seen From Orbit

Bazman volcano in Iran is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 38 crew member on the International Space Station.

Mike Hopkins @AstroIllini - Sollipulli Volcano, Chile. One of the many earth observation sites that we are tasked to take pics of each day

Ruapehu and Tongariro As Seen From Orbit

Ruapehu volcano and Tongariro volcanic complex in New Zealand are featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 37 crew member on the International Space Station. Mount Ruapehu is one of several volcanic centers on the North Island of New Zealand, but is the largest and historically most active.

Mt. Etna Eruption As Seen From Orbit

@AstroKaren: Our view of Mount Etna erupting. October 26.

Although Japan's Sakura-jima Volcano is one of the most active in the world, it rarely makes headlines. One or two small explosions typically occur every few days, with effects no greater than a light dusting of ash in the surrounding cities.

This Envisat radar image features a chain of volcanoes called the Virunga Mountains that stretch across Rwanda's northern border with Uganda and east into the Democratic Republic of the Congo.