Here is Mount Rainer, pride of the Pacific Northwest, highest mountain of the Cascade Range and highest mountain in the Washington state. KGS Photo wrote on Facebook:
…It was worth the no TV, no AC and no Wifi to be able to stay up in the mountain and explore at all hours into the night.
And indeed it is a beautiful place to watch the sky. View KGS Photo’s album of a night at Mount Rainier National Park.
Do you notice that Mount Rainier looks like a volcano? That’s because it is. It’s large, active stratovolcano located 54 miles (87 km) south-southeast of Seattle. The most recent recorded eruption was between 1820 and 1854. If Mount Rainier were to erupt again – say, as powerfully as Mount St. Helens did on May 18, 1980 – its effect would be even more devastating than than 1980 eruption, since the area surrounding Rainier is more heavily populated.
However, there’s no evidence that an eruption is imminent.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.