Images by ESA/NASA

British astronaut Tim Peake must be missing home a little, because he’s been taking some incredible images of the UK and northern Europe during his time aboard the International Space Station.

The image above is perhaps the best so far: A picture of the United Kingdom beneath the aurora. You can see the dense lights of London in the center of the image, and further north the sprawl of lights from cities including Birmingham, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool. South, in France, you can see the intense light from Paris.


The image below shows another view of northern Europe. This the the UK is on the left and France on the right. Don’t feel too homesick, Tim!


Contributing Editor at Gizmodo. An ex-engineer writing about science and technology.

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