From NASA Reports
Astronaut Terry Virts took a close-up of the typhoon. Image: NASA.
Astronaut Terry Virts took a close-up of the typhoon. Image: NASA.

We now have our very own snapshot of Super Typhoon Maysak, and it is awesome, in a big, scary monster kind of way.

     Terry Virts, an astronaut aboard the International Space Station, took a close-up of Super Typhoon Maysak on April 1 as it whipped about the Northwest Pacific Ocean. The storm’s winds gusted at 130 knots. But the good news is that it is weakening, according to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center.
     The typhoon is forecast to move northwest toward the Central Luzon region of the Philippines, according to NASA. It was expected to make landfall there April 4.  

Red Moon: Like most good things in life, the coming lunar eclipse will be both spectacular and brief.
     The eclipse will last only five minutes, according to NASA. But during that time, the moon will turn a startling red.
     The show will be visible Saturday morning, April 4, just before sunrise in North America, and just after sunset the same day for Asian star watchers. During a lunar eclipse, the moon is full and directly opposite the sun with Earth in between. 

Water, water everywhere: In January 2014, scientists detected water vapor on Ceres, the largest object in the asteroid belt. In April of that year, they uncovered evidence that one of Saturn’s moons had an underground ocean. There have been reports of water vapor off one of Jupiter’s moons.
     Indeed, just last month, NASA announced that the Hubble Space Telescope had found evidence of an underground saltwater ocean on Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon.
     The findings fascinate scientists, and NASA will hold a press conference to discuss discoveries of water and organics in the solar system at 1 p.m. EDT April 7. The event, featuring researchers and scientists, will be aired on NASA Television, which can be found on the web site.


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