Super Typhoon Trami, which as of Tuesday afternoon was the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane, is projected to hit Japan this weekend. Alexander Gerst captured these incredible images of it from aboard the International Space Station
As if somebody pulled the planet’s gigantic plug,’ he wrote after posting the amazing images
It is an almost otherwordly scene.
Astronaut Alexander Gerst captured this stunning photo from the International Space Station, showing a typhoon heading for Japan.
‘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 attained the unique perspective from 250 miles above the surface, aboard the orbiting International Space Station.
The stunning photo offers a glimpse into the views seen only by the astronauts on the ISS.
Gerst is currently leading the Horizons mission on the ISS, in his second stint at the orbiting lab.
Intense storms such as Super Typhoon Trami often exhibit swirls or vortices within the eye itself, known as ‘mesovortices’ which are rather like miniature spinning tops trapped within another giant spinning top, which is the typhoon itself.
He previously shared a stunning timelapse of what it’s like to fly over Earth at speeds unimaginable to the average person.
The video shows an incredible view of the trip over Alaska to the Andes in 260 seconds.
The crews aboard the space station frequently share updates on their life hundreds of miles above the surface, showing what it’s like to live and work in orbit for months on end.
In the past, they’ve revealed stunning views of everything from auroras to moon-sets.
Earlier this month, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev released a video of the narrow tunnels astronauts must traverse to navigate the ISS.
And, it’s not an environment for those put off by small spaces.
The video showed a brief trip through the longest route on the ISS, passing through the main section where the astronauts spend most of their time, to the cafeteria, the Russian section, and the storage and service modules.
The $100 billion orbiting lab is currently home to a crew of six, including geophysicist and volcanologist Gerst.