NASA Captures Striking Photo Of Massive Storm Near Australia

Being on board the International Space Station would provide one with ample opportunities to snap some amazing shots of the small blue ball we call home. Did I say amazing? I meant terrifying. Take this rather swirly mess of clouds off the south-western coast of Australia.

Before you fly into a panic, tying down your dogs and what have you, this particular image isn't exactly recent -- it was captured on 29 March with a 14-24mm lens mounted on a Nikon D2Xs. As the photo's description on Flickr explains, it was a pre-winter storm... and not the apocalypse in cyclone form.

I can't see Australia myself in the photo, so we'll just have to take NASA at its word that we're underneath that, somewhere.

[Flickr via Reddit]

Photo: NASA