Strawberry Moon and Etna Exhaust

September 19, 2022

Ormefoto  - etna superluna

Photographer: Orazio Mezzio  
Summary Author: Orazio Mezzio  

The photo above shows the rising Strawberry Supermoon peeking above the south-east crater of Mt. Etna as observed on June 14, 2022, from near Maletto (Sicily), Italy. The plume from Etna’s late May 2022 eruption still lingers but is beginning to fade. It’s the glow from the full moon that’s highlighting the sinuous volcanic exhaust. Enhancing this evocative view is a thermal inversion that acts to keep the plume from dispersing toward the surface or higher into the sky.

Maletto is known locally as the town of strawberries. Because of the rich volcanic soil found here, it seems that the strawberries have acquired a unique, sweet flavor.

Photo details: Nikon D750 camera; Nikkor 50 mm lens; Landscape mode; f/2; 3.6 second exposure; ISO 100 –- Moon shot at f/3.2, 1/50 second exposure, ISO 100.

Maletto (Sicily), Italy Coordinates: 37.8318, 14.8662

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Mt. Etna Eruption of May 29, 2022