Astronauts Are Capturing Chilling Hurricane Florence Pictures From The ISS

Astronauts Are Capturing Chilling Hurricane Florence Pictures From The ISS

Alexander Gerst is a German astronaut orbiting Earth from 250 miles (402 kilometers) up, who has a warning for humans.


"Watch out, America!" Gerst that joined the crew of the International Space Station in June 2018 said in a tweet featuring photos he took of Hurricane Florence.


He added: "This is a no-kidding nightmare coming for you."


Hurricane Florence is a Category 4 storm heading for the US's East Coast and predicted to affect South Carolina and North Carolina as early as September 13th, 2018, according to the National Hurricane Center.


Due to its enormous size and power, this storm has been a recent – and frightening – muse for astronaut photography.


Below there are some of the best pictures of Hurricane Florence by Gerst and Ricky Arnold, who is a fellow NASA astronaut living aboard the ISS.


Astronauts Are Capturing Chilling Hurricane Florence Pictures From The ISS

Astronauts Are Capturing Chilling Hurricane Florence Pictures From The ISS

Astronauts Are Capturing Chilling Hurricane Florence Pictures From The ISS

Astronauts Are Capturing Chilling Hurricane Florence Pictures From The ISS

Astronauts Are Capturing Chilling Hurricane Florence Pictures From The ISS

Alexander Gerst/European Space Agency/Twitter


Gerst said that Hurricane Florence was so enormous, with a width of over 500 miles (804 kilometers), that he could only capture it with a super wide-angle lens.


When the space station passed over the storm's eye, Gerst took this photograph. He warned: "get prepared on the East Coast."


However, Gerst also had a high-power telephoto lens handy to zoom in on the eye.


The picture above shows what it looks like deep inside the eye of Hurricane Florence, a place of relative calm for such storms.


This oblique view of the cyclone depicts its outer bands within reach of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina - next to where the storm's powerful eye could make landfall.


Astronauts Are Capturing Chilling Hurricane Florence Pictures From The ISS

Astronauts Are Capturing Chilling Hurricane Florence Pictures From The ISS

Ricky Arnold/NASA/Twitter


Arnold has been following the storm's progress for days from his lofty perch.


Arnold and his crewmates have seen two other big storms brewing in the Atlantic Ocean, such as Hurricane Helene and Tropical Storm Isaac.


Astronauts Are Capturing Chilling Hurricane Florence Pictures From The ISS

Astronauts Are Capturing Chilling Hurricane Florence Pictures From The ISS

Astronauts Are Capturing Chilling Hurricane Florence Pictures From The ISS

Richard Arnold/NASA


Astronauts Are Capturing Chilling Hurricane Florence Pictures From The ISS

NASA/Flickr/CC BY-NC-ND 2.0


NASA also recorded what it called "stark and sobering" video footage of Florence from the space station.


You can view the full clip of the space agency's flyover here.



References: Science Alert, Business Insider

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