We were up early in the morning at 6 am to drive to Piano Provenzana for a short 30 minute walk to a good vantage point of the North East Crater (NEC) of Etna. See picture on the right. A familiar crater which has featured on my blog before and has provided a location for some previously published work. The NEC is often chosen as a location for UV work due to the high amounts of Sulphur Dioxide it emits daily. In the summer it is also easily accessible has much more reliable weather than other nearby sources such as Stromboli. There is also the added benefit of good food, wine, and sun.
Below are a selection of pictures which I took during the day and my attempt at imaging some clouds over the summit of Etna last night. Unfortunately tomorrow it looks like a rainy and cloudy day on the summit, so it looks like it may be a day of data processing instead.