An immense and powerful typhoon is headed toward the Philippines.
It is called Super Typhoon Maysak, and it left at least five people dead after slamming into the Micronesian island of Chuuk.
The typhoon is expected to weaken as it approaches the Philippines, forecasters say, but it looked plenty powerful Tuesday, when astronauts aboard the International Space Station captured some incredible images of the storm.
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti took several photos of the typhoon on Tuesday, when Maysak’s maximum sustained winds were 160 mph. “Commands respect even from space,” Cristoforetti wrote on Twitter.
Terry Virts, an American astronaut aboard the International Space Station, took several other shots of the typhoon’s enormous eye. “It seemed like a black hole from a Sci-Fi movie,” Virts tweeted, according to Yahoo! News.
The typhoon is the third to impact the western Pacific this year, and it lashed the tiny island of Yap on Wednesday before weakening, Philippine weather officials said.
Maysak, now carrying maximum winds of 118 mph, is expected to make landfall in the Philippines on Saturday.