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Bright lights, big city... from space.

A NASA astronaut orbiting the Earth has taken this amazing picture showing Birmingham and the wider West Midlands at night.

The image was posted by Commander Chris Hadfield who is currently on the International Space Station on his Twitter account this week.

In March 2013 Cmdr Hadfield became the first Canadian commander of the ISS after he was launched to the station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft in December last year.

The commander, who is leading Expedition 35, said in his tweet: "The lights of big cities near each other can be overwhelming - such as here, with Birmingham UK on the right."

Cmdr Hadfield has made a name for himself on Twitter with more than 600,000 followers.

He regularly posts pictures of different parts of the world as he sails overhead and documents his zero gravity life in space.

The sprawling orbital laboratory is his home for five months when he is due to carry out scientific experiments, operate Canadarm2 - a 17 metre long robotic arm that assembled the ISS while in space - and other robotics tasks and he is due to return on May 13.

Cmdr Hadfield is working alongside eight American astronauts and Russian cosmonauts as they conduct science experiments and test new technologies.

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Birmingham and the West Midlands at night from the International Space Station Picture: Chris Hadfield

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Date:Apr 11, 2013
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