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Jaw-dropping images reveal the eye of Super Typhoon Trami from the ISS

The eye of Super Typhoon Trami, via the lens of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst
The eye of Super Typhoon Trami, via the lens of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst
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The eye of Super Typhoon Trami, via the lens of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst
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The eye of Super Typhoon Trami, via the lens of ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst
Earth photography is a popular pastime for ISS astronauts. This image shows Super Typhoon Trami through the lens of Alexander Gerst
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Earth photography is a popular pastime for ISS astronauts. This image shows Super Typhoon Trami through the lens of Alexander Gerst
Super Typhoon Trami as seen from the ISS
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Super Typhoon Trami as seen from the ISS
THE ESA's Alexander Gerst snapped the Super Typhoon Trami as it swirled over the Pacific Ocean
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THE ESA's Alexander Gerst snapped the Super Typhoon Trami as it swirled over the Pacific Ocean
German Commander of Expedition 57 Alexander Gerst retrieves some proteins aboard the ISS
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German Commander of Expedition 57 Alexander Gerst retrieves some proteins aboard the ISS
German Commander of Expedition 57 Alexander Gerst at work aboard the ISS
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German Commander of Expedition 57 Alexander Gerst at work aboard the ISS

The crew and their cameras aboard the ISS have revealed some astonishing perspectives of our home planet, and a series of snaps taken this week by the ESA's Alexander Gerst are no exception. The German Commander of Expedition 57 has turned his lens to Super Typhoon Trami as it heads for Japan, revealing the eye of the storm in incredible detail.

Earth photography is a popular pastime for ISS astronauts, and freak weather events like huge storms and volcanic eruptions provide them with plenty of subject matter.

Super Typhoon Trami as seen from the ISS
Super Typhoon Trami as seen from the ISS

Super Typhoon Trami intensified over the weekend, though weakened to a Category 3 at the time of writing, and is expected to make landfall in mainland Japan this coming weekend. Gerst snapped the storm as it swirled over the Pacific Ocean, zooming in on its center to reveal a surreal perspective.

THE ESA's Alexander Gerst snapped the Super Typhoon Trami as it swirled over the Pacific Ocean
THE ESA's Alexander Gerst snapped the Super Typhoon Trami as it swirled over the Pacific Ocean

"As if somebody pulled the planet's gigantic plug," Gerst tweeted. "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!"

See more of Gerst's stunning images in the gallery.

Source: Alexander Gerst (Flickr)

3 comments
guzmanchinky
That is amazing. It looks like it covers half the planet with that curve to the horizon from the wide angle lens. We are going to need to build/think differently about these superstorms. We can live with them, but not with the buildings we have now...
DFrancis
Wow! The close-up of the eye looks like the swirls within swirls of Jupiter's weather systems.
ljaques
Guz, you took all the words out of my mouth and posted before me. <g> What a truly stunning photo set. Mother Nature, you are awesome.
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