Astronaut Alexander Gerst photographed Super Typhoon Trami from the International Space Station.
Writing that it looked “as if somebody pulled the planet’s gigantic plug,” Gerst posted his photos to Twitter, wishing safety for those down below. The German astronaut and geophysicist is commander of the ISS’s current expedition and is one of six crew members currently in space. Gerst’s pulled back view of Super Typhoon Trami shows just how powerful the storm was as it approached land. The swirling matter around the eye of the tropical cyclone spreads out over a vast area, making it easy to believe that this giant had winds of up to 134 mph before making landfall.