Observation by Paul Leyland: Volcano

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Paul Leyland


Paul Leyland


2021 Sep 19 - 20:40


2021 Sep 21 - 13:19


The Earth

  • 0.0015m f/2.2 refractor
  • Samsung SM-J260F camera

100 ms


Tacande Observatory, MPC J22

Target name

Volcano eruption on La Palma



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At 2021-09-19T14:12Z a volcano started erupting 3.2km south of where I live. This what the sky looked like 6.5 hours later.  Definitely Bortle-9 sky to the south.

At the time of writing the eruption is continuing pretty much as before.  Over 100 properties have been destroyed but all people and the vast majority of farm and domestic animals were evacuated well in advance. There is a ridge between us and the fissures which means the lava will come nowhere near Tacande observatory. The wind is a strong easterly which is blowing all the ash out over the ocean. Strong southerly winds are uncommon here so I don't expect to have to shovel much up ash when we return next year. Kevin Hills' and my telescopes are protected reasonably well.

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Mazin Younis
Mazin Younis, 2021 Sep 21 - 15:57 UTC

Glad to hear that you and the observatory are safe in these difficult times which we in the UK are following on the news :(

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