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Astronauts come face to face with Super Typhoon Soudelor

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Published 05/08/2015 | 15:06

A visible-light image of Super typhoon Soudelor is seen in the Western Pacific Ocean in this NASA satellite image taken at 12:10 ET (04:10 GMT) August 4, 2015. REUTERS/NASA/Goddard's MODIS Rapid Response Team/Handout
A visible-light image of Super typhoon Soudelor is seen in the Western Pacific Ocean in this NASA satellite image taken at 12:10 ET (04:10 GMT) August 4, 2015. REUTERS/NASA/Goddard's MODIS Rapid Response Team/Handout
A close-up of the eye of Super Typhoon Soudelor is seen in a NOAA satellite image taken in the Western Pacific Ocean at 23:43 ET (03:43 GMT) August 4, 2015. REUTERS/NOAA/Handout
Super Typhoon Soudelor is seen in an enhanced infrared NOAA satellite image taken in the Western Pacific Ocean at 08:32 ET (12:32 GMT) August 4, 2015. REUTERS/NOAA/Handout

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station were completing routine maintenance when they captured the breathtaking view of the strongest cyclone yet this year as it made its way across the Pacific Ocean.

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Super Typhoon Soudelor is currently preparing to take aim at Taiwan and China, threatening damaging winds, destructive storm surge and flooding rains.

The storm peaked on Monday August 3, with winds of 180 miles per hour, making it the strongest typhoon so far this year, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

Yesterday, the winds hit 150 mph, classing it as a 'super typhoon'.

The storm is forecast to continue to weaken before making landfall, but is still expected to be a large and powerful typhoon, likely equivalent to a Category 3 or Category 4 hurricane, when it hits Taiwan.

Current projections put it over the island on Saturday morning local time.

The West Pacific Basin has seen a total of 10 typhoons so far in 2015.

Of those, five have been super typhoons, which is more than the average number for the whole year.

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