In Photos: Hawaii's Kilauea Volcano Eruption as Seen from Space

Active Volcano


NASA astronaut Andrew Feustel posted this image to Twitter May 13, 2018 writing "It is easy to see the activity on Hawaii's #Kilauea Volcano from @Space_Station. We hope those in the vicinity of the eruption can stay out of harm's way."

Much Aloha to Everyone


NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold posted his own space station view to Twitter May 12, 2018 sharing the message: "We launched to @Space_Station on a spacecraft called 'Hawai'i.' We flew over our namesake today and are sending much aloha to everyone there. The plume from #Kilauea is visible from space."

Active Volcano


Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev also posted on Twitter this view from space of the active Kilauea volcano erupting.

Blue and Gray


This view of the erupting Kilauea volcano, posted on Twitter, came from NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold.

Mauna Loa Neighborhood

Oleg Artemyev

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev posted this view of the much larger Mauna Loa volcano near Kilauea on his blog:

Mauna Loa Split

Oleg Artemyev

This view of Mauna Loa from space, near the more active volcano Kilauea, comes from Artemyev as well.


Oleg Artemyev

Artemyev also posted this view of the Mauna Loa volcano near Kilauea to his blog.

Close-up 1

Oleg Artemyev

Artemyev included this close-up of Kilauea from space on his blog.

Close-up 2

Oleg Artemyev

He noted that Kilauea is the youngest and most violent of Hawaii's three active volcanoes.

Close-up 3

Oleg Artemyev

The volcano has not fallen asleep for several thousand years and is among the planet's most dangerous, he wrote.

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