Part of the Italian island of Sicily is pictured in this false-colour image from the Sentinel-2A satellite.

This image was captured on 8 January during a period of unusual cold and snowfall across parts of southern Europe. As a consequence the mountains of Sicily are visible in white across the northern part of the island. While Italy’s northern regions experienced little snowfall this winter, the central and southern areas have seen abnormally cold conditions and snowfall in mountainous areas.

Mount Etna, an active volcano, is visible at upper right. Positioned over the zone where the African plate collides with and slips under the Eurasian plate, Etna’s frequent eruptions are often accompanied by large lava flows, smoke and ash.

Sentinel-2 provides optical data for land and vegetation monitoring. Its main instrument has 13 spectral bands, and this false-colour image was processed including the near-infrared channel – which explains why vegetation appears red.

The varying shades of red and other colours across the entire image indicate how sensitive the instrument is to differences in chlorophyll content. This is used to provide key information on plant health; brighter reds indicate healthier vegetation.


Timelapse view of lava moving on the plains near Pu’u O’o, Hawaii. The hill in the distance is called the “Pali”, it is the mark of a large normal fault created by part of the island sliding out towards the sea. Lava cascades over the Pali on its way to the ocean during the eruption. This is substantially sped up from how fast Pahoehoe lava typically flows.


The US National Science Foundation shared this vine showing how scientists actually sample active lava flows on Hawaii - they literally pull the lava away with a hammer then drop it in a bucket of water nearby.

I’m sorry guys but you can never be as extra and dramatic as Anakin Skywalker. The guy chose to live in the huge Dark Gothic Castle right beside the place where he almost killed his wife and where he was almost killed by his mentor. He probably spent his mornings on the balcony - watching the lava flow while listening to Lana Del Rey albums. He was that Extra™


When the lobes of lava in Iceland haven’t been resurfaced in a while, this thick moss grows on top of them. So this is basically an old lava flow landscape..

Darth Vader’s base is on Mustafar

He built his house on the planet where he killed his wife and lost the final battle against his former master and best friend. He is literally spending every day at home staring out over the lava flows that nearly burned him alive. 

Anakin Skywalker is the most melodramatic son of a bitch in the galaxy.