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A clear evening provides stunning views of the summit lava lake

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A clear evening provided good views of the lava lake within Halema‘uma‘u Crater at the summit of Kīlauea Volcano. Spattering was active along the south margin (left side) of the lava lake, with the gas plume drifting to the southwest (upper left). Mauna Loa, visible in the far distance towering above Kīlauea, provided a stunning backdrop to the lava lake as the sun was setting. HVO and Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park's Jaggar Museum, perched on the rim of Kīlauea's summit caldera, can be seen on the skyline in the upper right part of the photo.