Today’s Image of the Day comes from the European Space Agency (ESA) and features a look at Mount Mayon, which some call the perfect volcano due to its symmetrical cone.
Mount Mayon is located on the island of Luzon in the Philippines and has recently begun erupting again. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the world, with more than 30 eruptions recorded since 1616.
This image was captured by the Copernicus Sentinel-2 satellite.
Mayon Volcano (Central Bicolano: Bulkan Mayon, Tagalog: Bulkang Mayon), also known as Mount Mayon (Spanish: Monte Mayón), or simply Mayon and Magayon, and active stratovolcano in the province of Albay in Bicol Region, on the large island of Luzon in the Philippines. A popular tourist spot, it is renowned for its “perfect cone” because of its symmetric conical shape.
The volcano with its surrounding landscape was declared a national park on July 20, 1938, the first in the nation. It was reclassified as a Natural Park and renamed as the Mayon Volcano Natural Park in 2000. It is the centerpiece of the Albay Biosphere Reserve, declared by UNESCO in 2016,and is currently being nominated as a World Heritage Site.
It is the most active volcano in the Philippines, and its activity is regularly monitored by PHIVOLCS from their provincial headquarters on Ligñon Hill, about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) SSE from the summit
Image Credit: European Space Agency (ESA)