Swirling spectacle over St Helena – visible from space

Clouds swirl after winds strike St Helena's peaks. Click the pic for the full image

Clouds swirl after winds strike St Helena’s peaks. Click the pic for the full image

There’s much talk of St Helena becoming a holiday destination for astronomers, but on cloudy days, perhaps there’s an alternative possibility:

The whole of St Helena's night sky was captured in a single photograph. Click to see a larger image

The whole of St Helena’s night sky was captured in a single photograph. Click to see a larger image

Cloud tourism.

An amazing array of stars can be seen in the island’s unpolluted skies. But when the clouds come, they can be a spectacle in themselves.

They blow with the wind as it swirls around the island’s high peaks and spins away into the distance.

It could be one of the wonders of St Helena. The only trouble is, you have to be very high up – in space, even – to get the best view. Perhaps the island won’t become a destination for cloud-spotters, after all.

Click here to see the full image of cloud vortices over St Helena, as photographed from the US space agency’s Terra satellite.

COMMENT:
What an astonishing photograph. Quite humbling. Mike Whalley

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