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Deep Space
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The Horsehead Nebula
Image credit: Ezequiel Etcheverry & Joaquin Fabrega Polleri (Observatorio Panameño en San Pedro de Atacama)
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Rho Ophiuchi
Image credit & copyright: Piotr Sadowski
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Flaming Star Nebula

Diffuse nebula in the constellation Auriga and owes its name to the variable star AE Aurigae to give the impression that is burning.

Image credit & copyright: César Cantú
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The loudest known sound, the 1883 Krakatoa eruption, was heard for 3000 miles. This map shows how large this area was.
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The eruption of Krakatoa, which began on August 26th and reached its pinnacle on August 27, 1883, was the loudest sound in recorded history. It was heard 3,000 miles away in Mauritius.
(Image: an 1888 lithograph of the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa)
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Awe meaning dread mixed with veneration. Awe meaning “solemn and  reverential wonder, tinged with … fear, inspired by what is … sublime  and majestic in nature,” according to the OED.
Toba was the largest volcanic explosion of the past two million years. Toba Volcano blew 74,000 years ago.

Priscilla Long discusses volcanoes, destruction, and the true meaning of awesome. Read Toba.
(Photo via The Atlantic. Claudio Santana/AFP/Getty Images)
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Eruption of Vesuvius, 1823, Johan Christian Dahl
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Holuhraun Sunset Eruption © Snorri Thor Tryggvason
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Volcano eruption from the International Space Station
A fortuitous orbit of the International Space Station allowed the astronauts this striking view of Sarychev Volcano (Kuril Islands, northeast of Japan) in an early stage of eruption on June 12, 2009. Sarychev Peak is one of the most active volcanoes in the Kuril Island chain, and it is located on the northwestern end of Matua Island.
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