Super Typhoon Maysak 'Commands Respect Even From Space' (PHOTOS)

פורסם: 4 באפר׳ 2015, 7:42 על ידי: Sustainability Org   [ עודכן 5 באפר׳ 2015, 13:31 ]
By Jon Erdman, Published Apr 1 2015

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti tweeted about Typhoon Maysak that it "commands respect even from space."on March 31, 2015. (@AstroSamantha/ 

The eye of Typhoon Maysak is seen from space in this photo. (@AstroTerry/

Typhoon Maysak is photographed from space. (@AstroSamantha/

Super Typhoon Maysak is photographed by MTSAT-2. (@NOAASatellites/ 

An infrared close-up photograph of Super Typhoon Maysak shows the size of the storm. (@NOAASatellites/

Water vapor imagery by MTSAT shows the progression of Super Typhoon Maysak in the west Pacific. (@NOAASatellites/ 

An infrared photo of Typhoon Maysak on Mar. 31, 2015. (@StuOstro/ 

Super Typhoon Maysak has inflicted damage in parts of Micronesia, including the remote islands of Chuuk and Yap states.

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Maysak also grabbed attention of meteorologists and weather geeks not simply because it reached Category 5 equivalent intensity, but from the incredible imagery.

Super Typhoon Maysak's Explosive Growth

Three-day infrared satellite loop of Typhoon Maysak ending on April 1, 2015 at 10 a.m. EDT showing Maysak's intensification from a Category 1 to Category 5 equivalent super typhoon. 

What initially triggered palpitations in the weather community were a series of tweets from International Space Station astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti Tuesday after a fly over of Maysak. One image appeared as though the Earth had a belly button. Cristoforetti then tweeted several closer photos of Maysak's eye.

"Commands respect even from #space," Cristoforetti wrote in her tweet.

Wednesday morning, fellow ISS and NASA astronaut Terry W. Virts tweeted an incredible closeup of Maysak's eye. With much of the eyewall shadowed Virts tweeted, "It seemed like a black hole from a sci-fi movie."

Virts tweeted a couple of additional Maysak eye photos at sunrise, one an almost horizon-view resembling the drain of a bathtub, the other showing the "stadium effect", or the appearance of clouds in the eyewall resembling seating in a large stadium.


Tropical cyclone 'Chedeng'

By PhilstarLIVE ( | Updated April 4, 2015 - 9:15am

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical cyclone "Chedeng" (international name Maysak) tracked nearer to Luzon as 24 areas were placed under a public storm warning signal.

Keeps tabs on the weather by LIVE updates below. Contribute to the reports by using the hashtag #ChedengUpdates on Twitter.

Weather satellite feed as of Apr 04, 2015 07:00 PM.

Weather satellite feed as of Apr 05, 2015 01:00 AM.

Weather satellite feed as of Apr 05, 2015 03:00 AM.


A huge tree uprooted by Super Typhoon Maysak

A ship sits on the reefs in Mwan Micronesia in Chuuk state following Typhoon Maysak.