Raung Eruption

15-253

Image Credit & Copyright: Alex Tudorica.

Here, the beautifully dangerous eruption of Mount Raung in Indonesia is seen by the amazing night sky imager, Alex Tudorica from somewhere near the summit of Mount Ijen.  The distant, ghost-like Milky Way galaxy watching over the scene creates a surreal, almost other worldly view.  Mount Raung stands 3,332 m (10,932 ft.) and is the tallest volcano in the Ijen Volcano Complex.

The Ijen Volcano Complex on the Indonesian island of Java is comprised of five stratovolcanoes including Ijen and Raung and also includes Bromo, Semeru and Merapi.  Mount Ijen, which he was climbing, is also a world renowned mountain.  Its summit at 2,799 m (9,183 ft.) hosts a 1 km (0.6 mi.) diameter blue lake which is regarded as the largest acidic lake on Earth.  It is also one of the few locations on Earth where you can see blue lava.  As the lava leaves the volcano, the large quanitities of sulfur in Ijen contact the oxygen present in the open air.  When the sulfur and oxygen meet at temperatures greater than 360 degrees C (680 deg F) it combusts and burns bright blue.

Alex Tudorica Blog: http://timelessphotons.blogspot.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/alextudorica

Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/27891676@N05/

500PX: https://500px.com/alextudorica

Advertisements
Image | This entry was posted in Astrophotography (Wide Field), Images and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s