Astronaut Alexander Gerst (a German European Space Agency astronaut, geophysicist, and volcanologist) photographed a mind-boggling image from the International Space Station looking down at Super Typhoon Trami, due to hit Japan.
The massive storm formation has been described as a nearly otherworldly scene.
“As if somebody pulled the planet’s gigantic plug,” he wrote.
“Staring down the eye of yet another fierce storm. Category 5 Super Typhoon Trami is unstoppable and heading for Japan and Taiwan. Be safe down there!”
Gerst photographed an image hailed by many as ‘the best photograph of a storm formation as seen from space’ thanks to a unique perspective at more than 250 miles above the surface, on board the International Space Station.
This image, as well as countless other images that have been snapped from space by different astronauts, offer a glimpse into the views only seen by luckily astronauts temporarily residing inside the ISS.
Astronaut Alexander Gers currently leads the Horizons Mission on the ISS in what is his second time onboard the ISS.
As if somebody pulled the planet's gigantic plug. Staring down the eye of yet another fierce storm. Category 5 Super Typhoon Trami is unstoppable and heading for Japan and Taiwan. Be safe down there! #TyphoonTrami pic.twitter.com/4VmY2hhj2c
— Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) September 25, 2018
The International Space Station is a multinational, $100 Billion science and engineering laboratory orbiting our planet at 250 miles above the Earth.
The ISS has been called home by multinational astronauts for 18 years and is currently home to astronauts from Russia, America, and Japan.
— Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) September 20, 2018
In the past, Gerst shared a mind-altering timelapse of what it feels like flying over the Earth at unimaginable speeds to the average person. In fact, the video shared by the astronaut shows a trip over Alaska to the Andes taking around 260 seconds.
Hurricane Florence has also been photographed from the International Space Station.
Watch out, America! #HurricaneFlorence is so enormous, we could only capture her with a super wide-angle lens from the @Space_Station, 400 km directly above the eye. Get prepared on the East Coast, this is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you. #Horizons pic.twitter.com/ovZozsncfh
— Alexander Gerst (@Astro_Alex) September 12, 2018