Turn on your night light for Hadfield

Sarnia-native Commander Chris Hadfield on Christina Street – with 2-D Chris in Sarnia in October before heading to the International Space Station.
Heather Wright Photo

Sarnia officials are hoping for clear skies tonight as the city plans to light up the sky for Chris Hadfield.

The Sarnia-born astronaut is circling the globe in the International Space Station now and will soon become the first Canadian to become the Commander of the ISS. Tonight, Hadfiled hopes to take pictures of Sarnia lit up at night.

The ISS is expected overhead between 7:47 pm and 8:02 pm but officials hope everyone will leave their interior and exterior lights on between 7:30 pm and 8:30 pm. People living outside the city limits are being encouraged to leave their lights on also as officials aren’t sure exactly how much of the area will be in the photo.

And if you’re worried about the spike in your hydro bill, don’t be. Officials at Bluewater Power say leaving on a dozen lights during that hour likely won’t boost your power bill more than a nickel.

If the skies don’t clear, Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley says Hadfield will try to capture the city at night again before he returns to earth in July.