STUNNING images of a hurricane seen from space has been captured by a Nasa astronaut.
Chris Cassidy snapped the photos of Hurricane Genevieve while onboard the International Space Station.
Genevieve has since weakened into a tropical storm.
Satellites and astronauts observed the category 4 storm battering Mexico's Baja coast and heading towards California earlier this week.
The National Hurricane Center (NHC) warned yesterday: "Continued heavy rainfall from Genevieve may lead to life-threatening flash flooding and mudslides across portions of far southern Baja California Sur through today.
"Large [ocean] swells generated by Genevieve will affect portions of the west-central coast of Mexico and the coast of the southern Baja California peninsula through Friday."
Astronaut Cassidy captured his three amazing images on Wednesday.
They show the eye of the storm and parts of the ISS in the foreground.
The sheer size of the storm is put into context in the photos as it spreads across most of what is visible of the Earth.
The astronaut simply captioned his tweeted images "#HurricaneGenevieve".
Nasa said: "International Space Station Astronaut Chris Cassidy snapped photos of the Eastern Pacific Ocean’s Hurricane Genevieve on Aug 19, 2020 at 4 p.m. EDT.
"The photos revealed a clear eye surrounded by a ring of powerful thunderstorms. At the time of the photo Genevieve’s tropical-storm force winds extended out 280 miles.
"By Aug. 20 as the storm weakened, its wind field expanded and hurricane-force winds extended outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extended outward up to 115 miles (185 km)."
What is the ISS?
Here's what you need to know about the International Space Station…
- The International Space Station, often abbreviated to ISS, is a large space craft that orbits Earth and houses astronauts who go up there to complete scientific missions
- Many countries worked together to build it and they work together to use it
- It is made up of many pieces, which astronauts had to send up individually on rockets and put together from 1998 to 2000
- Ever since the year 2000, people have lived on the ISS
- Nasa uses the station to learn about living and working in space
- It is approximately 250 miles above Earth and orbits around the planet just like a satellite
- Living inside the ISS is said to be like living inside a big house with five bedrooms, two bathrooms, a gym, lots of science labs and a big bay window for viewing Earth
In other space news, an incredible image of an avalanche on Mars catapulting dust across the planet's surface has been shared online by Nasa.
Life on Earth was almost wiped out when a distant star exploded nearly 360millions years ago, according to a new study.
And, Nasa is investigating an enormous "dent" in Earth's magnetic field that's wreaking havoc on orbiting satellites.
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