WATCH: Stunning video of birth and death of Superstorm Sandy

Posted By GABRIELLE LEVY, UPI.com   |   Nov. 1, 2012 at 1:05 PM   |   Comments

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Nov. 1 (UPI) -- From above, it's graceful, even peaceful, so unlike the death and destruction it wrought on land and sea.

Sandy, seen in this gorgeous, stunning time-lapse video captured by NASA's geosynchronous orbit observatory, GOES-13, formed and ultimately collapsed between October 21 through October 31.

Sandy was a tropical storm through the Caribbean, turning into a Category 1 hurricane by the time it made landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey. At it's biggest, the storm spanned more than 1,000 miles, drowning the coastline in an historic storm surge, knocking out power for millions, and killing at least 137 people.

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This NOAA satellite image shows Hurricane Sandy as it travels off the east coast of the United States on October 29, 2012. Sandy's center was about 310 miles south-southeast of New York City. Tropical Storm force winds are about 1,000 miles in diameter. UPI/NOAA/NASACharred debris is all that is left of the eighty houses burned to the ground in the community of Breezy Point in the borough of Queens on October 31, 2012 in New York City. High winds brought on by Hurricane Sandy two days prior fueled the fire while high water made it difficult for firemen to contain the blaze. UPI /Monika Graff
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