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Typhoon Trami is on track to make landfall in Japan this weekend, and photos astronaut Alex Gerst took from space are showing people on Earth a rare glimpse of the tropical cyclone.

Gerst is an astronaut and geophysicist with the German European Space Agency, and he is one of six people on board the ISS Exp 57, serving as Commander. Over the past week, the 42-year-old shared photos of Trami on his social media and Flickr account with the caption, "As if somebody pulled the planet's gigantic plug. Staring down the eye of yet another fierce storm."

According to AccuWeather, Trami is the equivalent of a Category 3 hurricane with sustained wind speeds of around 195 kilometers per hour as of Wednesday. It will reportedly make its way toward Japan’s Ryukyu Islands, near Miyako and Okinawa, from Friday night into Saturday. CNN reports that rainfall totals from Kagoshima to Tokyo could reach up to 19.6 inches.