Check Out This Otherworldly "Blue Hour" Lava Flow At Hawaii


Robin Andrews

Science & Policy Writer

Oooooh! via YouTube

Hawaii’s Kilauea is pretty damn good at erupting lava – in fact, it’s been doing it continuously since 1983, and will likely keep going for several hundred or thousands of years, perhaps with little rests every now and then. If you haven’t seen its exploding deltas, lava hoses, and rivers of molten rock meandering across the landscape, then go - right now, if possible.

This lava normally burns bright red and orange as it flows and cools, but every now and then, some sneaky filmmakers or photographers watch the incandescence at a particular time of day known as the blue hour, the period of twilight early at dawn or late at dusk, just as the Sun is peeking above the horizon.


Thanks to the scattering of light in the atmosphere at this angle, the sky takes on a distinctly blue color as most of the red light escapes out into space. Traditionally in art, this blue hue has romantic connotations, but as it turns out, it frames lava in a beautiful and alien-like shade too.

Lava at dawn. via YouTube

After you’re done looking at the mesmerizing mixture of purples and yellows spin around in a fiery ballet before your eyes, make sure you go to an airline website so you can book your tickets to see this in person. If you don’t, then we can never be friends, frankly.

Oh, and if you actually want to see genuinely blue lava – the seriously smelly type that ignites sulfur compounds as it flows – then head to Indonesia instead.


[H/T: ABC News]


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