A story told from space.

Last Friday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration retired its Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite-12 satellite, which has been in service for 10 years. 

GOES-12 monitored weather activity in the Atlantic basin from 2003 to 2010, before moving down to track severe weather in South America. Below, see 3,641 images -- one from each day of the satellite's life -- that illustrates 10 years of weather history in just over three minutes. Watch closely and see if you can spot any major weather events of the past decade.

In the slow-motion GIFs below, hurricanes are hurling towards the US during 2005 and 2008 --  two of many very active Atlantic hurricane seasons in the last ten years. 

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