Tuesday 23 January 2018

Space station captures spectacular images of Typhoon Maysak

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Images taken from the International Space Station show super typhoon Maysak forming over the Philippines.

Italian astronaut on board the ISS Samantha Cristoforett took the dramatic images as the typhoon makes its way to the Philippines, which has previously been battered by many natural disaster.

"Commands respect even from #space: we just flew over typhoon #Maysak," she poster on Twitter not long after taking the snaps.

One of her colleagues NASA astronaut Terry Virts tweeted: "Looking down into the eye — by far the widest one I've seen. It seemed like a black hole from a sci-fi movie."

This typhoon is the third to hit the Philippines this year. It is now carrying maximum winds of 118 mph.

Around 20 typhoons affect the Philippines every year. The country is still rebuilding after Supertyphoon Haiyan destroyed much of its central Visayas region in later 2013, which left more than 7,300 people dead.

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