Typhoon Soulik swirls in Aug. 20, 2018, a picture of the Suomi-National Polar-orbiting nership (Suomi-NPP satellite. Credit: VIIRS/Suomi-NPP/NASA/NOAA
NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold caught a spectacular view of Typhoon Soulik swirling to the south of Japan from his post on the International Space Station.
Typhoon #Soulik barrels in the direction of the south, #Japan. Stay safe! pic.twitter.com/RoLh33mrCN
— Ricky Arnold (@astro_ricky) August 20, 2018
Arnold posted the image on Twitter Aug. 20, warning everyone to stay safe in the wake of the swirling storm. According to the Washington Post, Soulik is one of the three storms currently churning in the Pacific Ocean — Hurricane Lane, which can hit Hawaii, and typhoons Soulik and tropical storm Cimaron in the direction of East Asia. Soulik’s winds are travel at 115 km / h (185 km/h), which is equivalent to a Category 3 hurricane, and hit the Amami Islands of Japan as early as Aug. 21. (Typhoons are the same type of storm as hurricanes, but they occur in different geographical areas and storms in the North Atlantic, central North Pacific and eastern North Pacific are given the designation of the hurricane, while similar storms in the Northwestern Pacific ocean are typhoons. The South of the Pacific ocean and the Indian Ocean tropical cyclones.)
#Typhoon #Soulik (top left) and #Cimaron (right) in the west of the pacific ocean, as seen by JMA is #himawari satellite. pic.twitter.com/OQoiscYgY2
— NASA SPoRT (@NASA_SPoRT) August 20, 2018
Satellites also have their eyes on the storm. NASA’s Short term prediction Research and Transition Center sent a tweet with the data from the japanese Meteorological Agency Himiwari satellite, and the NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Suomi-NPP satellite caught a view of Typhoon Soulik approaching Japan and Korea.
The typhoon, the status and the movement can be visualized live on NASA’s Worldview website.
Original article on Space.com.