STS044-94-29
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Spacecraft nadir point: 25.1° S, 56.1° E

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Spacecraft Altitude: 197 nautical miles (365km)
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Image Caption: STS044-94-29: LARGE THUNDERSTORM EAST OF MADAGASCAR
This very large thunderstorm, occupying nearly the whole image, was photographed east of the island of Madagascar. The storm is approximately 65 nautical miles wide. There is cirrus blowoff to the east. On the west, it has an overshooting cloud top. Overshooting clouds result from strong updrafts rising from the troposphere, the part of the atmosphere nearest the Earth's surface where most of the weather activity occurs. The top reaches into the stratosphere at 45,000-50,000 feet (13,800-15,300 m) and casts strong shadows in the low sun.




This very large thunderstorm was photographed in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar (25.0N, 56.0E). The storm is about 65 nautical miles on a side and has an overshooting cloud top. Overshooting clouds result from strong updrafts rising from the troposphere, the portion of the atmosphere near the surface, where most of the Earth's weather occurs. The top reaches into the stratosphere at 45,000 to 50,000 ft. and casts long shadows in the low sun.