This is what a typhoon looks like from space

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From his perch on the International Space Station, astronaut Terry Virts has been taking some beautiful photos of Earth and space and sharing them on social media. Today, he shared his views of Super Typhoon Maysak, including this terrifying view looking straight down into the huge eye of the storm. “Looking down into the eye – by far the widest one I’ve seen,” he tweeted. “It seemed like a black hole from a Sci-Fi movie.”

“It commands respect even from space.” Astronauts aboard International Space Station Samantha Cristoforetti and Terry Virts took to Twitter to share staggering pictures of ‘killer’ typhoon Maysak.

Maysak is a very strong category 4 super typhoon, with an unusual speed of 160 mph, claimed five lives in Micronesia over the weekend. It is expected to weaken before heading towards northern Philippines on Sunday.

According to AccuWeather.com, Super Typhoon Maysak is one of the strongest cyclones in history during the months of January, February and March. It has slammed several Micronesian islands, killing 5 people, and is now on its way to the Philippines. As of early on April 1, Maysak had sustained winds of 240 kph (150 mph), equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane. Gusts as high as 390 kph (180 mph) are possible with this storm.

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