Hurricane Elena, with wind speeds in excess of 177 km/h, was photographed in the
Gulf of Mexico in 1985. Almost the entire storm can be seen in this high-oblique
photograph. For instance, a number of thunderstorms with their overshooting
tops, the spiral bands of numerous thunderstorms leading to the eye of the
hurricane, and numerous cloud gravity waves within the spiral bands can be seen.
Some portions of the eye wall, where the most destructive winds of the storm
occur, are also visible. This storm eventually made landfall near Gulfport,
A rose made of galaxies by the Hubble Space Telescope. The
distorted shape of the larger of the two galaxies shows signs of tidal
interactions with the smaller of the two. It is thought that the smaller galaxy
has actually passed through the larger one.
Aurora as seen from space.
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