SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Test Rocket, Moon Plume, More

SPACE PHOTOS THIS WEEK: Test Rocket, Moon Plume, More
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October 19, 2009--An earthquake swarm on October 4 heralded the start of the latest eruptions of the Soufrière Hills volcano on the Caribbean island of Montserrat. Seen through an astronaut's camera lens, the volcano spewed a towering ash-filled plume on October 11 that extended westward over the island.

Astronaut photographs like this allow for what's known as an oblique view of Earth's features--taken at an angle, the snapshot offers more of a three-dimensional quality than that of a picture taken from directly overhead, as is common with most orbiting satellites.
—Photograph courtesy NASA Earth Observatory
 
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