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Astronomer Snaevarr Gudmundsson from Iceland was able to travel to within just a few kilometers from the Eyjafjallajokull Universe Today. Lightning visible in the plume of the Eyjafjalljokull volcano in Iceland on April 17, 2010. Image courtesy of Snaevarr Gudmundsson., and shared his incredible close-up images with
All of Scotland's airports were shut and there were disruptions at others including Manchester, Liverpool, Stansted, Newcastle and Birmingham. The Air Traffic Control Service (Nats), imposed restrictions after the Met Office warned ash could damage engines. Passengers have been advised to contact their airlines prior to travel.
Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow airports were shut and Nats said it was restricting flights "in accordance with international civil aviation policy". The ash cloud disrupted all flights to and from Manchester with a similar picture at Newcastle airport where all arrivals were cancelled and all outbound flights either cancelled or subject to indefinite delay.