A spectacular image of a lava bubble in Hawaii quickly gained hundreds of retweets last week, even though the phenomenon occurred nearly a half-century ago. In the image, taken Oct. 11, 1969, the very rare symetrical 65-foot-tall Hawaiian lava dome resembles a fiery star colliding with Earth.

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Giant 65-foot-tall Hawaiian lava dome resembles a fiery star colliding with Earth. via Twitter

The lava that formed this dome originated at the Kilauea Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on Earth. It has been in an almost constant state of eruption since 1983.


These lava domes form when thick magma bubbles to the surface and piles up around the vent. There isn’t enough pressure to cause a violent eruption, so it piles up instead. Lava domes can grow as tall as 1,600 feet tall, but usually swell to about 30 to 320 feet.

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  1. Wow ,look great thanks the info!
    and i find the date interesting as well.
    like some kind of cosmic sign-message .

    • Very interesting. I heard opinions that nuclear explosions can warp space and time. I even had a theory that maybe nuclear tests were stopped because of subconscious knowledge about it. Who knows.

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