We've all seen photos of London before, but this one was snapped from 250 miles above the Earth's surface by astronaut Chris Hadfield, who is hurtling round and round the planet aboard the International Space Station at the moment. This is what London looks like from the station. Showing the metropolis at night the orbital shot …
As an Australian
I am jealous of your fascinating recorded history and outstanding architecture. I hope you fully appreciate it.
Re: As an Englishman...
... living at 3.5,7.5 on that photo (if you make each axis 10), I am jealous of your incredible weather and outstanding sporting achievements. I hope you fully appreciate them....
As a Yorkshireman
I'm jealous of both of you.
/nod 2 Ronnies & Cleese
Re: As a Canadian
I have to second the Australian's sentiment.
Re: As a Yorkshireman
As a Californian, if I were to purchase a home in the British Isles, it'd be in The Dales. The Whippets would feel right at home, too ;-)
This round of bitter is on me.
Re: As a Yorkshireman
Following Bill Bryson? But I agree London is best avoided dirty smally and full of crooks especially Westminster.
Is it just me?
Or does anyone else get the theme from 'Eastenders' in their head?
Yes, UKTV guide in the pocket, thats mine.
do you reckon he span the camera round slowly and started singing the eastenders theme tune?
who knows how funny being in space can send you...
S##t I left the outside light on.
the mind boggles at the modern connotations of the name, then wonders off into a strange surreal place with flying bunnies and hopping elephants...
<--- get it? they won't let me take it off anymore, the room is well padded though, like a trampoline on every surface...
Try finding a Maiden in that town though... more like Chavhead...
In the playlist? Is that really necessary?
Considering the man's rather appalling taste in music as evidenced by his playlist, you should be thankful there's no Justin Bieber or Britney Spears in there.
Regarding the first album recorded in space, that honour was historically supposed to go to Jean-Michel Jarre, with his album "Rendezvous", of which the final part (the saxophone solo) was intended to be played by astronaut Ron McNair while in orbit aboard the space shuttle back in 1986. Except that the space shuttle in question was the Challenger...
Looks more like a scene from Matrix:Revolutions after Neo is blinded.
A nice rendition of the Dread Sigil Odegra there.
"My Dad's an astronaut"
Which camera? Lens?
Come on, this is a tech site after all, I can't be the only one wondering which camera/lens was being used. I'd love to know what focal length was required to get this shot ... just in case I'm ever staying on the ISS for a couple of nights ...
Re: Which camera? Lens?
He probably snapped it with his mobile phone.
You could put that picture on the NASA site and claim that it was IR image of some deep space phenomenon. Wonder how long it take people to latch onto that?
Re: Galactic Imposter
Ha, you reminded of when I was a kid back in the 70s and 80s. I used to imagine that my city (Adelaide) was a galaxy and that my parents' car (or my pushbike) was a spaceship, with the streetlights representing stars and the nearby houses being the planets that orbited them. The car was of course capable of Warp 9, while my poor little pushbike was only good for Warp 3 or thereabouts. Sometimes we'd go up to Mt Lofty, where you used to have an awesome view of the whole city (they close the lookout at night these days, sadly), and it certainly looked like a galaxy then to my young eyes!
Now I know where to insert the tube to give the planet a proper flushing out. Now if you would all be so kind as to bend over and grab your ankles.
"Vulture Central" - completely lost on any American viewing this - never heard of it before. Completely confused me when it turned out to be London. Never in 66 years have I heard the phrase "Vulture Central" so I thought you might like to know so that next time your headline might be a little less obscure to those outside of the 'know'
As for the comments on light pollution, well it's only a problem when you're trying to see the stars, isn't it. Seems to me since they're always there, one could plan a viewing in a non-light-polluted area. To complain that you can't see the stars whenever you want to is just silly. It's a lot worse over here, the stars are barely visible even in the rural areas; may I suggest Celestia or Stellarium, both freeware programs that will show you ALL the stars, even when the Sun is out!
Re: AMERICAN perspective
Welcome to the site.
Our logo and mascot is a vulture (see the masthead) and thus Vulture Central is our HQ. A nod to readers who have been us for the past decade or so.
PS: We really do have a stuffed vulture in the office to greet visitors.
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