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Chris Hadfield may no longer be aboard the International Space Station, but a spectacular photo captured by a Vancouver photographer on Sunday night shows that the station still inspires a sense of wonder. Alexis Birkill was taking photos of the Point Atkinson Lighthouse in West Vancouver when he decided to stay out a bit later and do some star photography.

Chris Hadfield may no longer be aboard the International Space Station, but a spectacular photo captured by a Vancouver photographer on Sunday night shows that the station still inspires a sense of wonder. Alexis Birkill was taking photos of the Point Atkinson Lighthouse in West Vancouver when he decided to stay out a bit later and do some star photography.

The Earth’s horizon, just before sunrise. Beautiful lines of colour, a rainbow halo for the planet.

The Earth’s horizon, just before sunrise. Beautiful lines of colour, a rainbow halo for the planet.

Koichi Wakata demonstrating a flying carpet aboard the ISS, in an experiment submitted by a member of the public. With the advent of social media, such lighthearted escapades have really humanised astronauts in a way that's never really happened before. Chris Hadfield has become something of a celebrity from his own similar broadcasts, and Wakata conveys the same sense of fun and wonder to the viewer, as he admits he had to tape his feet to the carpet to stay on it.  (AFP/Getty Images 2009)

Astronaut tests flying carpet in space

Koichi Wakata demonstrating a flying carpet aboard the ISS, in an experiment submitted by a member of the public. With the advent of social media, such lighthearted escapades have really humanised astronauts in a way that's never really happened before. Chris Hadfield has become something of a celebrity from his own similar broadcasts, and Wakata conveys the same sense of fun and wonder to the viewer, as he admits he had to tape his feet to the carpet to stay on it. (AFP/Getty Images 2009)

Chris Hadfield sorted through his thousands of snaps from 2,500 trips around the Earth and, with an unending sense of wonder, brings you the best.

Stunning Photos Of The Earth From Space, From The Internet’s Favorite Astronaut

Chris Hadfield sorted through his thousands of snaps from 2,500 trips around the Earth and, with an unending sense of wonder, brings you the best.

References for various fundamental things - composition, balance of details etc. I don't have sources for most of these as its something that was lying on my hdd for a while, but you should be able to look it up through google images.

Chris Hadfield on

References for various fundamental things - composition, balance of details etc. I don't have sources for most of these as its something that was lying on my hdd for a while, but you should be able to look it up through google images.

4 | Stunning Photos Of The Earth From Space, From The Internet's Favorite Astronaut | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

Stunning Photos Of The Earth From Space, From The Internet’s Favorite Astronaut

4 | Stunning Photos Of The Earth From Space, From The Internet's Favorite Astronaut | Co.Exist | ideas + impact

if you're wondering who that is, it is famous canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station

if you're wondering who that is, it is famous canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield on the International Space Station

Icy Patterns by Chris Hadfield on Twitter [] These are swirls of ice photographed off the northern coast of Japan. This image was taken from the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who tweeted it on April 19, 2013.

Icy Patterns by Chris Hadfield on Twitter [] These are swirls of ice photographed off the northern coast of Japan. This image was taken from the International Space Station by Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, who tweeted it on April 19, 2013.

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