Sarnia’s night sky from space; and this is when we weren’t trying

Sarnia Astronaut Chris Hadfield took this picture Saturday night of Sarnia-Lambton by night, just one day after clouds obscured the city's efforts to light up the night sky for a spectacular shot.

Sarnia Astronaut Chris Hadfield took this picture Saturday night of Sarnia-Lambton by night, just one day after clouds obscured the city’s efforts to light up the night sky for a spectacular shot.

Sarnia Astronaut Chris Hadfield took a spectacular photo of Sarnia-Lambton at night, just one day after residents tried to light up the night sky for him.

Hadfield is circling the globe in the International Space Station and will be the first Canadian to command the ship in a matter of weeks. He and NASA have been working with Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley to take a night picture of the area similar to one shot by John Glenn of Australia decades ago.

The first attempt was made Friday, the day of the big snowstorm. Homeowners flipped on all their lights and even baseball diamonds and the lights at the airport bearing the astronaut’s name were on.

Hadfield told Bradley in an email that he’d seen the lights and they were a “sweet” sight, but the cloud cover made a clear picture difficult. So Saturday night, when the ISS passed overhead again, Hadfield got out his camera and took this photo

Hadfield says he’s still willing to try another, with everyone turning on the lights before he heads home in July. Bradley says he hopes to do just that, though he says it may be difficult to create a more spectacular picture than this.

 

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