Image Credit & Copyright: Martin Rietze (Alien Landscapes on Planet Earth)
Today’s Astronomy Picture of the Day is this awe-inspiring photo of Sakurajima Valcano in southern Kyushu erupting. It was photographed by Martin Rietze, who was down there in January to capture the action, which included molten lava bombs, billowing black smoke and lightning. In other words, it looks like all hell is breaking loose.
But I can’t help but wonder if this was a conscious decision on the part of NASA to post this image on March 11th, 2013, the 2-year anniversary of another destructive force of nature: the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami.