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Published on September 12th, 2017 | by James Ayre

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What Do Hurricanes Look Like From Space? ISS Astronaut Shares Pictures Of Hurricane Irma

September 12th, 2017 by  


What does a large hurricane look like when seen from the near-earth orbit of the International Space Station?

Astronaut Randy Bresnik, who is currently stationed onboard the ISS, was nice enough to share some new images — which give a bird’s eye view of the enormous Hurricane Irma when it was near its peak.

While images of hurricanes have been taken from the ISS before and shared publicly, the new ones of Irma really do stand out to me. What a massive, powerful storm.

Here are some images that he shared via Twitter, showing both Hurricane Irma itself and also the aftermath of the storm:

And here’s one of Hurricane Jose as well:

Quite a view, right? More to come in the months and years ahead….

As an end note here, apparently Bresnik is from Houston, Texas — so he got to witness the disaster of his home town from a distance above as it occurred. That must have been a strange experience.






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's background is predominantly in geopolitics and history, but he has an obsessive interest in pretty much everything. After an early life spent in the Imperial Free City of Dortmund, James followed the river Ruhr to Cofbuokheim, where he attended the University of Astnide. And where he also briefly considered entering the coal mining business. He currently writes for a living, on a broad variety of subjects, ranging from science, to politics, to military history, to renewable energy. You can follow his work on Google+.



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