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Three different pacific typhoons were spinning over the western Pacific Ocean on August 7, 2006, when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA’s Aqua satellite acquired this image.

The strongest of the three, Typhoon Saomai (lower right), formed in the western Pacific on August 4, 2006, as a tropical depression. Therefore Within a day, it had become organized enough to be classified as a tropical storm.

Also The slanting diagonal feature through the image is sunlight bouncing off the ocean into the MODIS instrument, a phenomenon called sunglint. The very bright patch is where the reflection is strongest. Some of the strongest storms pass through here.

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