Live Eyjafjallajökull cam!

By Phil Plait | May 13, 2010 9:47 am

This is very cool: a live camera pointed at the Iceland volcano Eyjafjallaj√∂kull. I don’t think it’s embeddable, so just click that link and take a look. To add to the coolness factor, there is also a thermal camera pointed at it with the same field of view and scale, so you can compare what you’re seeing visually with what’s going on in the far infrared.

Here’s a still I grabbed last night; You can clearly see the ash plume through the cloud layers:


They provide a map of the camera location, but there’s no scale. I put it into Google maps, and it appears to be just a few kilometers from the volcano. That matches the rate the plume appears to change, too.

aqua_iceland_may122010Take a look. It’s mesmerizing. And don’t forget that the NASA Earth Observatory is posting very high-resolution and beautiful images of the volcano quite often as well. Put that in your RSS feed reader! I check it every day; besides the volcano they frequently have incredible imagery of places I’ve never even heard of. It’s a big planet, with lots to see.

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cool stuff, NASA, Pretty pictures

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  1. It looks like Mordor!

  2. John Willard

    I took a look at 16:23 their time. And someone walked into the scene wearing a heavy coat with a hood. They turned and looked at the camera and their face burned bright white on top of their orange and purple body. Very cool (or hot).

  3. I notice the jumbled bit right in the middle registers cold, so is probably the tip of a mini-glacier (purple in IR) whereas the water in the valley below is quite warm (yellow-orange in IR) – the same temp. as a wandering person in shot. Maybe that’s meltwater fom the volcano?

  4. Paul Clapham

    Looks like Mordor? Okay, then click on the link to the other webcam. On the left, Eyfjallajokull fra Hvolsvolli. More like… Gondor? My LOTR isn’t that good, maybe someone else has a better metaphor for it.

  5. J√≥n Gr√©tar Borg√ĺ√≥rsson

    There is also another webcam here:
    Same location, no heat camera, but the photos are in higher resolution instead.

    For those who can open WMV files should really check out this video of a buch of geologists walking up on Go√įasteinn(Stone of the Gods), which is amongst the highest points of the Volcano itself.

  6. these webcams have been up for a while… I was checking them during the april ash closure of European airports… and thanks to them I could see that the eruption was slowing down at the end of April.

    So I checked again the upper level winds, and did not cancel my travel plans to London :D! and had a great holiday!

    Thanks Mila for the webcams!

  7. hsj

    Hey Phil, check out this visualization video, it displays all earthquakes in the area in the months preceding the eruptions in the are, coded by richter scale and depth

  8. Phil,
    On the topic of webcams: Below is a link to live webcames from Aquarius, the NASA/NOAA underwater laboratory in Florida. This week, NASA’s 14th expedition to NEEMO is down there living, working, and sciencing in a space exploration analog environment. This is definitely overshadowed by the STS-132 mission launching tomorrow, but I bet a lot of people will like this too!

  9. J√≥n Gr√©tar Borg√ĺ√≥rsson

    Also. Those interested in geology and biology might want to read up on Surtsey that is a small island to the south west of the volcano. A little further than Westmann Islands. A World Heritage Site that arose in a underwater eruption in 1963 and a goldmine for researchers looking at how birds, plants and insects migrate to new and remote islands. You can read about it on Wikipedia and it’s official site at It also has a nice, though hardly exciting, webcam.

  10. A must see (along with the webcam) is this beautiful timelapse movie of the eruption. Cuts away from volcano in the middle, but appears again in the end:

  11. bigjohn756

    Well, I am getting nothing but the map. No web cam at all.

  12. Hmmm…. I’m guessing it would be somewhat more interesting during daylight hours.

  13. Very cool…but what about the pronounciation of Eyjafjallaj√∂kul?

    Us Europeans, who it is affecting most, are having great fun trying to say it, and from this a YouTube search it looks like you Americans are too.

    John :)
    A Moon site with a Moon Atlas to go (click my name above)

  14. This may be a better link for the NEEMO webcams than the one above. I know this isn’t really related but webcams made me think of it…


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