Mount Etna's Southeast Crater Erupts

March 22, 2017

Trails Of Lights And Fires On Mount Etna - Unesco World Heritage Site DG (5)

Photographer: Dario Giannobile
Summary Author: Dario Giannobile

March 2017 Viewer's ChoiceMount Etna, on the island of Sicily, Italy, is erupting once again. This is the second time this month that Etna (10,922 ft or 3,329 m) has unleashed noteworthy Strombolian explosions. The second eruptive event began on the morning of March 15, 2017. The lava fountain featured above is erupting from Etna's southeast crater. When this shot was snapped, during the night of March 16, 2017, lava was flowing to the base of the volcanic cone and beginning to ooze down the south flank of the mountain.

This fiery landscape was lit from above by a waning gibbous Moon and a starry sky. The long exposure used here results in the star trails rotating about the North Star. In the foreground note that a thick snowpack lower down the mountain partially covers the volcanic landscape.

Photo Details: Camera Model: Canon EOS 7D; Lens: EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM; Focal Length: 200mm; Aperture: ƒ/4.0; Exposure Time: 25.000 s; ISO equiv: 400; Software: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5 (Windows).