The explosion from the Krakatau volcano in 1883 was so strong that it unleashed a 130-foot tsunami and turned the skies red for months. But is it also responsible for this famous painting by Edvard Munch?
Munch painted The Scream in 1893, ten years after the volcano erupted in Indonesia. Researchers in Sky & Telescope have suggested that he was actually depicting the explosion, which would have been visible to him even in Norway. In a Q&A today, USGS volcanologist Charles Mandeville explained just how the explosion could have created a sky not unlike the one Munch depicted — and why it's not the only work of art that depicts the volcanic eruption: