Movements of the Storm

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This massive cyclone in the Indian Ocean was captured by a satellite on Monday. You can see the perfectly-formed eye of the storm surrounded by a frothy spiral of violently disturbed ocean waters.

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According to NASA:

After forming as a tropical storm over the Southern Indian Ocean on November 14, 2009, Anja strengthened to a cyclone one day later. By November 16, 2009, Anja was a Category 3 cyclone, with maximum sustained winds of 105 knots (195 kilometers per hour), and gusts up to 130 knots (240 kilometers per hour). Anja was located near 14.7 degrees South and 68.3 degrees East.

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Terra satellite captured this true-color image on November 16, 2009. Far away from any major landmasses, Anja sprawls over the Southern Indian Ocean, her long arms spiraling outward, and her eye easily detectable.

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DISCUSSION

Those are cloud bands, not frothy disturbed ocean waters. This picture encompasses hundreds of miles.