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Hurricane Arthur, the first named storm of the Atlantic season, offered a breathtaking view — from a safe distance.

NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman tweeted this image taken aboard the International Space Station around 9:30 a.m. EDT on Friday July 4 as the ISS flew 260 miles directly over the storm, which was moving northeast away from the outer banks of North Carolina.

"#Hurricane #Arthur through a 10.5mm fish eye lens. Amazing to see nature at work," @astro_reid tweeted.

It was the latest of several dramatic images Wiseman has shared from space through Twitter. In addition to images of Arthur, he recently tweeted a short video of a lightning storm over Houston.

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— NBC News staff