Shadow Cast by Bezymianny Volcano

Shadow Cast by Bezymianny Volcano
  • Credit:

    NASA Earth Observatory image by Robert Simmon, based on data from the NASA/GSFC/METI/ERSDAC/JAROS, and U.S./Japan ASTER Science Team. Caption by Robert Simmon.

Despite no reports of activity, Bezymianny Volcano exhibited a modest plume on November 25, 2009. The plume appears translucent white in this false-color satellite image acquired by the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER) aboard NASA’s Terra spacecraft. The white color and absence of visible ash on the snow-covered peak suggest that the plume is mostly steam. A striking shadow cast by the plume darkens the southern flank of neighboring Kamen Volcano. Bezymianny and Kamen are two of many volcanoes located on Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula.

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  • Data Date:

    November 25, 2009
  • Visualization Date:

    November 25, 2009
  • Sensor(s):

    Terra - ASTER
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration