Kilauea's new lava flow can be seen from space

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turns out you can see a lot from space with an infrared spy satellite, including but not limited to, Mr. Simpson literally stewing in his own juices.

You can see our bird feeder in the backyard from space. (Except that I’ve moved it four feet since Google Maps got their data.)


What’s that you say? The satellite we launched with the express purpose of taking 15m resolution pictures of the Earth to collect data to be used in agriculture, education, business, and science… that satellite can see an erupting volcano? FROM SPACE?? As in, the nearly inconceivable intergalactic distance of just-over-four-hundred-miles???

What a shocking and newsworthy surprise!!


Prettier than your bird feeder. Unless you have a really rockin birdfeeder

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Oh come on! That’s just a some crystals growing.

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Looks nice.

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Close up, not so nice. Lava ate 30 more houses since yesterday (and in that other thread I lamented the end of Green Lake, formerly one of the most beautiful spots in the islands).


but you still cannot see mice scurrying around and about on the moon
so close …yet so far

Yeah, maybe building houses in an active volcanic rift zone of an active volcano isn’t such a stellar idea?

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They’re far from the first people to build their house in a potentially dangerous area. Whether or not someone has been adequately risk-averse when choosing to live somewhere like Kapoho, New Orleans, or Los Angeles, one can still respond with compassion when acts of nature destroy their homes.

Also related:

You can see my old roommate’s Ford Taurus not just through space, but through time as well:


A simple solution to this, volcano insurance.

You think we would’ve learned from Pompeii that this wasn’t a good strategy.

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…one can still respond with compassion when acts of nature destroy their homes.

One can. Since there doesn’t appear to be anyone on this forum who’s lost a house to a volcano, though, there’s really no need to express it.

acts of nature

Eh, nature doesn’t act. It is. We evolved from it, we are it. When humans try to go against its flow, bad things tend to happen. In the age of science and information technology people really should know better.

You don’t know that, and in any event why set limits to compassion based on participation in a given online forum?

Just to be clear, do you also think that the population of Puerto Rico and New Orleans shouldn’t have chosen to live in high hurricane-risk areas, or that the residents of coastal cities in California have made a bad choice in light of of the risk of catastrophic earthquakes?

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