The Raikoke volcano on the Russian Kuril Islands erupted last weekend, sending a huge ash and gas cloud from a 700-meter wide crater into the sky. An astronaut aboard the International Space Station managed to take a beautiful photograph of the cloud as the station circled above the air.
"On the morning of June 22, astronauts shot a photo of the volcanic plume floating in a narrow column then spreading in a part of the cloud known as the umbrella region," NASA writes. "In this area, the density of the cloud and the ambient air balance and the cloud stops rising. The cloud ring at the foot of the pillar seems to be water vapor.
Here is an untrimmed version of the above photo that shows more of the environment:
The photo was taken with a Nikon D5 with a focal length of 340 mm by an unknown member of Expedition 59 -Crew. NASA ordered 53 Nikon D5 DSLRs in 2017, and a few months later 10 of the cameras came to the space station.
Astronauts on the ISS also managed to capture some fascinating views of the highly active volcano Sarychev on the same Russian islands in 2009. And in 2018, NASA astronaut AJ (Drew) Feustel shot a photo of the erupting Kilauea volcano in Hawaii.