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Monday 25 May 2015

Stunning image of night-time Belfast taken from space

A stunning image of Belfast at night taken by astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield on April 9, 2013
A stunning image of Belfast at night taken by astronaut Commander Chris Hadfield on April 9, 2013
Photo by Chris Hadfield of Belfast

It's a view of Belfast you've probably never seen before, writes John Mulgrew.

The stunning image was captured from aboard the International Space Station - orbiting more than 200 miles above earth.

Taken by Commander Chris Hadfield a Canadian astronaut and serial tweeter who has been snapping photos of Earth from the space station and sharing them online.

On Tuesday night he tweeted: "Belfast graced with a touch of haze on a clear Spring night."

He has previously snapped the city during the day, sharing his unique view of the world with well over 600,000 of his followers.

Last month he tweeted: "Belfast, Northern Ireland. The distinctive, historic harbor stands out clearly from orbit."

Hadfield, who has a daughter studying at Trinity College in the Republic, has previously shot and tweeted two photos of Dublin.

He also provided the first message tweeted from space in Irish -- Tá Éire fíorálainn! (Ireland is exquisite). He added: "Land of green hills dark beer. With Dublin glowing in the Irish night."

Hadfield has been aboard the space station since December carrying out scientific experiments.

The space station orbits earth every 92 minutes at 8km per second.


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