Earlier this week, astronaut Christina Koch shared these photos of Hurricane Dorian, taken with a fish-eye lens aboard the International Space Station (ISS)!
Using satellites like the ISS – which are in near-Earth orbits about 250 miles above the Earth's surface – scientists can study these massive storms. It’s incredibly helpful for predicting their movements and providing more time to prepare.
NASA satellites even collect data (such as air pressure, wind speed, and ocean temperatures) and use this to predict whether a hurricane will form!
We’re showing these images all weekend on our massive screen in the Jennifer Chalsty Planetarium. See them in our all-live show, “Wonders of the Night Sky.”
Be sure to also head into LSC’s Weston Family Lab for Earth and Space Exploration. Via our Science on a Sphere interactive globe, we can show you Hurricane Dorian’s progression over the last month, and even where it has traveled up to the last few hours.