A NASA satellite sailed over powerful Tropical Cyclone Jasmine, a storm raging in the South Pacific this week, allowing scientists to see a 3D version of the hurricane's swirling clouds and heavy rain.
(The storm is officially known as Tropical Cyclone Jasmine due to regional differences in storm-naming practices. If it were in the Atlantic Ocean, it would be officially known as Hurricane Jasmine. Tropical cyclones, typhoons and hurricanes are simply different words for the same phenomenon.)
Although Jasmine is a relatively small storm, only about 100 miles (160 km) in diameter, it packs a powerful punch, as captured in a real-color image of the storm snapped by a NASA satellite on Wednesday (Feb. 8).