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June 29, 2015

Last week we saw a volcano erupt during a solar storm and now Photographer Cesar Cantu Quiroga is giving us a glance at what it looks like when lightning strikes a volcano mid-burst. Mexico's Colima Volcano has been actively spewing lava since November 2014. Quiroga caught a few snapshots of its most recent eruption as it was happening last March. He also captured amazing time-lapse footage of the peak as it spreads ash across Colima. 

You can see lightning strike the mountain peak a few times throughout the eruption. According to a write-up on Earth Science Picture of the Day, the material discharged during an eruption tends to have a strong positive charge. If the surrounding atmosphere is negatively charged, it makes the perfect situation for a lightning show. Check it out:

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