Because volcano eruptions weren't awe-inspiring enough on their own, here's a breathtaking video of one with a freaky lightning storm going on at the same time:
Super-charged volcanic ash cloud sparked with lightning in Pat...
Be amazed by a super-charged volcanic ash cloud sparked by lightning.#PATAGONIA
Posted by BBC Earth on Monday, September 28, 2015
The stunning video, shot by Chilean cinematographer Christian Muñoz-Donoso as part of BBC Earth's Patagonia series, shows what's commonly referred to as a "dirty thunderstorm," which is actually a fairly common phenomenon that's easy to wrap your head around, as physics lessons go.
While the lightning in a regular storm is caused by static buildup from ice particles colliding together at high speed, in a "dirty" thunderstorm it's the ash particles that are to blame.
Who knew? Geologists, probably.
(h/t BBC Earth)