Gallery: Astronaut treats followers to photos of Ireland

Wednesday 10 April 2013 11.28
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Thunder Rock, at the very western edge of Ireland, can see the Marina at Dingle.
Thunder Rock, at the very western edge of Ireland, can see the Marina at Dingle.
I've played the Road to Sligo many times with an Irish band, but the only time I've seen it was from space
I've played the Road to Sligo many times with an Irish band, but the only time I've seen it was from space
Newry, Northern Ireland, the distinctive waterway visible from space.
Newry, Northern Ireland, the distinctive waterway visible from space.
Tonight's Finale: Our golden lights from Dublin to Paris, Nature's from green aurora to blue dawn
Tonight's Finale: Our golden lights from Dublin to Paris, Nature's from green aurora to blue dawn
Southern Ireland, sweeping from Kinsale and the river Brandon (sic) down the coastline of County Cork.
Southern Ireland, sweeping from Kinsale and the river Brandon (sic) down the coastline of County Cork.
Distinctive straight, deep harbor cut leading to Ballina, Ireland.
Distinctive straight, deep harbor cut leading to Ballina, Ireland.
Belfast graced with a touch of haze on a clear Spring night.
Belfast graced with a touch of haze on a clear Spring night.
A clear Dublin night in early Spring
A clear Dublin night in early Spring

International Space Station Commander Chris Hadfield’s love of Ireland is well-known at this stage, but yesterday he treated followers of his twitter account to a gallery of photographs of the island.

The Canadian astronaut, who has almost 650,000 followers on the social media website, has previously tweeted photos of Ireland from space on St Patrick’s Day.

Yesterday, he tweeted pictures of Dingle in Co Kerry, Ballina in Co Mayo, Co Sligo as well as stunning night time shots of Dublin and Belfast.

Mr Hadfield also has a personal connection with Ireland – his daughter is believed to be studying in Trinity College Dublin.

He has become an online celebrity with daily tweets describing what life is like and what he can see on Earth through the station's portholes.

Astronomy Ireland says the ISS is currently visible in the evenings and will continue to blaze across Ireland until April 22nd.

Tonight, it will be the brightest object in the night sky as it soars through the southern sky at 9:49pm.

All captions on the photographs are by Commander Hadfield.