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Time-lapse views from space show Hurricane Sandy’s enormity

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Time-lapse images from high above Earth show Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the East Coast, highlighting the storm's enormous size.

NASA's Earth Observatory has released time-lapse animation of the powerful hurricane from a satellite 22,300 miles above ground. The images reveal details of Sandy's motion and eye wall.

Hurricane Sandy was shown approximately 275 miles south-southeast of Cape Hatteras, N.C., and moving northeast at 14 mph during the time of the photographs. NASA notes that the structures of the clouds are highlighted by the changing angles of the sun.

The animation was created from photos taken every minute from 7:15 a.m. to 6:26 p.m. ET on Sunday. More images can be viewed at the Earth Observatory site.

The immense storm has prompted emergency evacuations, closed offices and delayed flights along the East Coast.

[Photos: Storm empties New York City]

[Related: Join our conversation about Hurricane Sandy]

Using satellite images, the Wall Street Journal compares Hurricane Irene with the much larger Hurricane Sandy.

For more information, visit NASA's Hurricane Resource Page.

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