Blowin' off some scream

By Phil Plait | October 31, 2010 10:38 am



Happy Halloween from the Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland!

This is a radar image of the volcano taken by the Icelandic Coastal Patrol back in April 2010 while Eyjafjallajökull was still erupting constantly and making the news. I had forgotten about it, but it was tweeted by my friend Alex Witze and makes a perfect post for the holiday.

Have fun tonight!

CATEGORIZED UNDER: Cool stuff, Pretty pictures

Comments (11)

  1. Matteo

    Woahh awesome!!!!

  2. Renee

    Eeeek! Happy Halloween!

  3. OMG, that’s freaking awesome!

  4. The Fermat Liar

    Lets hope those ‘mars anomaly research’ people dont see this! Maybe it’s the Face of Thor!

  5. Dennis

    It’s Jesus!
    well, zombie Jesus…

  6. Looks like Samhain from the Real Ghostbusters! hahaha

  7. IBY

    Out of topic, sorry for that. :(
    @Phil Plait
    Can I ask for a request here? I tried to request on Twitter, but no response, and I think e-mail would take a long time. Basically, I am doing a research report about extrasolar planet hunting for English. Part of the requirement is an interview with an expert. If you can’t do it, can you at least refer me to another expert?

  8. Trebuchet

    How come no “pareidolia” tag?

  9. Messier Tidy Upper

    HAPPY HALLOWEEN y’all! Have fun & enjoy it – or at least the last 5 minutes of it. ūüėČ

    Great Halloween pic! :-)

    Scariest. Volcano. Ever.

    Although come to think of it Eyjafjallaj√∂kull is really looking more grumpy than frightening there if you ask me. ūüėČ

    No images of the one in Indonesia (Mt Merapi, I think) that’s just erupting in the last few days yet?


    @4.The Fermat Liar : Maybe it’s the Face of Thor!

    Which reminds me of this old children’s rhyme :

    The Thunder God went for a ride
    Upon his favourite filly,
    “I’m THOR!” he cried,
    The horse replied :
    “You thorgot your thaddle, thilly!” ūüėČ

  10. Did you set your telescope out for passing trick or treaters? I did, and thanks for the idea. Kids (and their parents) got to see Jupiter, the Galilean Moons, and perhaps a cloud band. Quite popular.

  11. Joe

    I highly recommend a visit to Iceland, Phil. I went there recently, and walking among the lava flows just south of the airport is the closest you and I will ever come to walking on Mars. Watching the steam rising from the ground in the morning twilight shows you how much the Earth is alive.


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