Astonishing Photos of Super Typhoon Trami Taken From Outer Space

Super Typhoon Trami by Alexander Gerst from ESA

© ESA/NASA-A.Gerst

Super typhoon Trami wreaked havoc on Japan this weekend, as strong winds and torrential rains battered the country. In the days leading up to the incredible typhoon, there was no better view of the devastating storm than from outer space. From his perch at the International Space Station, astronaut Alexander Gerst snapped some incredible photos of the typhoon a few days before it hit land.

Writing that it looked “as if somebody pulled the planet's gigantic plug,” Gerst posted his photos to Twitter, wishing safety for those down below. The German astronaut and geophysicist is commander of the ISS's current expedition and is one of six crew members currently in space. Gerst's pulled back view of Super Typhoon Trami shows just how powerful the storm was as it approached land. The swirling matter around the eye of the tropical cyclone spreads out over a vast area, making it easy to believe that this giant had winds of up to 134 mph before making landfall.

Up close, it almost looks like cotton candy being spun. The swirling clouds look dewy and soft, belying the sheer power of the storm. A few days after these photos, Super Typhoon Trami hit Japan's southern islands before swinging up north toward Osaka. And though the storm was downgraded to category 1 as it hit land, that was still powerful enough to kill 2 people, injure over 100, and cause around 750,000 to lose power.

This typhoon season has been especially devastating to Japan, which was just hit by Typhoon Jebi in September. Said to be the most powerful storm in 25 years, it was especially damaging to the Kansai region and caused the massive Kansai International Airport to close down due to flooding.

Astronaut Alexander Gerst photographed Super Typhoon Trami from the International Space Station.

Photo of Super Typhoon Trami from Outer Space

© ESA/NASA-A.Gerst

ESA Photo of Super Typhoon Trami

© ESA/NASA-A.Gerst

ESA Photo of Super Typhoon Trami

© ESA/NASA-A.Gerst

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Jessica Stewart

Jessica Stewart is a Staff Editor and Digital Media Specialist for My Modern Met, as well as a curator and art historian. Since 2020, she is also one of the co-hosts of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. She earned her MA in Renaissance Studies from University College London and now lives in Rome, Italy. She cultivated expertise in street art which led to the purchase of her photographic archive by the Treccani Italian Encyclopedia in 2014. When she’s not spending time with her three dogs, she also manages the studio of a successful street artist. In 2013, she authored the book 'Street Art Stories Roma' and most recently contributed to 'Crossroads: A Glimpse Into the Life of Alice Pasquini'. You can follow her adventures online at @romephotoblog.
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