An astronaut’s view of Hurricane Earl

You know something’s big when it still looks huge from space (h/t @kev097).

Hurricane Earl

In this photograph captured with a digital SLR camera by NASA astronaut Douglas Wheelock, Earl had a distinct eye that spanned about 17 miles (28 kilometers). Most of the storm had a seemingly uniform top, though the bottom edge of the image gives some sense of the towering thunderheads forming over the ocean. The solar panels of the ISS remind us that the sun is still shining, at least on ISS Expedition 24.

- Caption by Michael Carlowicz.

See the full photo and caption on the Earth Observatory Image of the Day website.

Earl is packing winds of 125 mph as it rides along the East Coast.

Also, check out MSNBC’s impressive interactive hurricane tracker.

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