An astronaut on board the International Space Station has posted a stunning photograph of Ireland on Twitter.

Reid Wiseman, a US Navy Commander from Maryland, tweeted that he had been "waiting to see" Ireland.

Wiseman reported to the Johnson Space Center in August 2009 and completed astronaut candidate training in May 2011.

Wiseman launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan to the ISS along with Soyuz Commander Maxim Suraev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst of the European Space Agency late last month. 

They joined NASA astronaut and Commander Steven Swanson, and cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev on the ISS.

Wiseman also posted a picture showing clouds over the Atlantic with Ireland in the distance.