10/31/2012 05:26 pm ET Updated Oct 31, 2012

Sandy From Birth To Landfall: NASA Time Lapse Captures Superstorm's Life Cycle (VIDEO)

NASA has released satellite images from its GOES-13 and GOES-15 observatories that capture superstorm Sandy from birth to landfall.

The images, taken from Oct. 21 through Oct. 30, show the storm's birth in the Caribbean, its intensification in the Atlantic Ocean and its landfall in southern New Jersey and inland path through Pennsylvania, according to NASA.

The video offers a global perspective of Sandy and serves as a reminder of the storm's reach. At one point, Sandy blew tropical-storm force winds over an area of nearly 1,000 miles.

Earlier videos released by NASA include footage of Sandy taken from the International Space Station -- which shows the storm churning in the Caribbean before moving northward toward the Bahamas -- and a GOES satellite time-lapse of the storm as it moved out of the Caribbean toward the Eastern Seaboard.

The acronym GOES stands for "Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite." As the title implies, the satellites do not move with respect to earth, therefore making them a useful tool for monitoring unpredictable weather in the western hemisphere, according to the project's website.



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