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These Shots of a Volcanic Eruption from Space are Mind Blowing

One of the most powerful forces in nature has been mesmerizingly captured from space in this incredible bird’s eye volcano photography.

The images are of an eruption at Sarychev Volcano on the Kuril Islands northeast of Japan. The shots were taken by the International Space Station. The imagery becomes even more impressive when you see the volcano photography animated into GIF form. In case you were wondering, even though this looks like a mushroom, the images have been confirmed as a volcanic eruption and not a nuclear test.

Hopefully Frodo and Sam can make it through the cloud of ash from the eruption to destroy the one ring of power once and for all. I’m sure NASA will have photographic evidence of that too.