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Colima volcano (Mexico): lava flow and stars (18-22 Nov 2016)

During our recent Volcano Special during 18-22 Nov, we observed the activity of Colima volcano from close:
It was characterized by the continued weak extrusion of a viscous lava flow from the active, flat summit lava dome (see aerial photos). Explosive activity was only minor and limited to mostly small events at irregular intervals (often more than few hours), but fluctuated noticeably from day to day.
View of Colima from the SW in the evening of 18 Nov 2016: the lava flow and traces of glowing rock falls are visible on the southern slope. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
View of Colima from the SW in the evening of 18 Nov 2016: the lava flow and traces of glowing rock f... [info]
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Taurus has risen above the volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Taurus has risen above the volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Milky way rising over Colima (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Milky way rising over Colima (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Wide angle long exposure with Polaris rotation center in the left and Colima with the glowing dome to the right. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Wide angle long exposure with Polaris rotation center in the left and Colima with the glowing dome t... [info]
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Livio and Heike taking pictures from a rather comfortable position. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Livio and Heike taking pictures from a rather comfortable position. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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A small steam / ash cloud moving to the west from the volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A small steam / ash cloud moving to the west from the volcano. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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The sky behind Colima begins to brighten up as the moon is about to rise there. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The sky behind Colima begins to brighten up as the moon is about to rise there. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer... [info]
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The volcano's moon shadow "cuts" through its gas plume even though it is still too low on the eastern horizon to be seen directly. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
The volcano's moon shadow "cuts" through its gas plume even though it is still too low on the easter... [info]
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On 19 Nov, the glow from the summit lava dome is stronger than previously. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
On 19 Nov, the glow from the summit lava dome is stronger than previously. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Small explosions are occurring at irregular intervals of several hours. Most are too small to produce glowing ejecta easily visible. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Small explosions are occurring at irregular intervals of several hours. Most are too small to produc... [info]
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A somewhat larger explosion occurred around 8 pm at the summit lava dome; ejected bombs could be clearly seen and a detonation sound followed. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
A somewhat larger explosion occurred around 8 pm at the summit lava dome; ejected bombs could be cle... [info]
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Enlarged section of previous image showing bomb traces reaching up to approx. 150 m height at the summit. (c)
Enlarged section of previous image showing bomb traces reaching up to approx. 150 m height at the su... [info]
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Rising stars at night of 20 Nov; the lava flow has advanced a bit compared to two days ago. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Rising stars at night of 20 Nov; the lava flow has advanced a bit compared to two days ago. (Photo: ... [info]
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Milky way over Colima volcano on 21 Nov. 2016. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Milky way over Colima volcano on 21 Nov. 2016. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Steam and ash plume drifting west from the summit under a starry night sky. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Steam and ash plume drifting west from the summit under a starry night sky. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer) [info]
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Daytime view of Colima (22 Nov) with a small rockfall from the active lava flow front on the southern side. (Photo: Tom Pfeiffer)
Daytime view of Colima (22 Nov) with a small rockfall from the active lava flow front on the souther... [info]
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