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CyMISS Image of the Month: A 3D View of Hurricane Harvey from the ISS

10 Jan 2019, 14:38 UTC
CyMISS Image of the Month: A 3D View of Hurricane Harvey from the ISS
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During the last four years of the CyMISS (Tropical Cyclone Intensity Measurements from the ISS) program, our team has acquired image sequences of several dozen powerful hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones scattered across the globe. During the busy 2017 Atlantic hurricane season, one of the better observed storms by the CyMISS program was Hurricane Harvey. January’s Image of the Month is of this historic hurricane created using images from a sequence of 240 photographs taken by the crew of the ISS on August 25, 2017 in support of the CyMISS project. When the four-minute photography session started at 21:21:00 GMT, Harvey was located at about 27.5° N, 96.5° W in the Gulf of Mexico and was rated as a strong Category 3 storm with sustained winds of about 201 kph (125 mph). The individual photographs from the original 240-image sequence were remapped to approximate an overhead view before they were stitched together into a synoptic color mosaic covering an area of 1,800 by 1,200 kilometers. A high-resolution version of this synoptic mosaic with an image scale of 500 meters/pixel can be viewed by clicking on the image below.
This synoptic image shows Hurricane Harvey as viewed from the ISS on ...

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