Stars and lava in Hawaii

Posted by David Eicher
on Tuesday, August 09, 2011

You may have heard about the major breakout of lava at Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii that took place last week. On Thursday and Friday, crater walls collapsed and sent rivulets of lava trickling down to the ocean in a spectacular scene that made the ordinary lava viewing seem very ordinary. It constituted another stage in the eruption of Kilauea’s middle east rift zone.

Stephen James and Donna O’Meara
Astronomy Contributing Editor Steve O’Meara and his wife Donna live on the Big Island and are volcano experts, having written superb books on the subject. See their website at

I thought you would enjoy seeing Steve and Donna’s beautiful shot of the Kilauea breakout with stars above, taken August 4.

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