Texan astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough has shared an image he took of the UK's capital city, capturing the bright lights and several landmarks while orbiting the planet at a distance of 250 miles.

Nasa astronaut tweets image of London at night

A stunning image of London taken by the commander of the International Space Station has been beamed back to Earth.

The Nasa astronaut captured the snap while orbiting the planet at a distance of 250 miles (400km).

The dazzling lights of the city at night shine brightly, despite the vast distance. Famous landmarks like Tower Bridge, Wembley Stadium and The O2 in Greenwich can be seen in the shot.

Texan astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough has shared an image he took of the UK's capital city, capturing the bright lights and several landmarks while orbiting the planet at a distance of 250 miles

Texan astronaut Robert Shane Kimbrough has shared an image he took of the UK’s capital city, capturing the bright lights and several landmarks while orbiting the planet at a distance of 250 miles

And large green spaces like Hyde Park stand out as dark patches among the street lights and illuminations of the city.

The photo was captured by Nasa’s Robert Shane Kimbrough as the space station passed over the UK on Sunday night.

The 49-year-old Texan, a former United States Army officer, posted image on Twitter with the caption: ‘Good evening London from @Space_Station!’

It has since been retweeted over 1,800 times and been liked by more than 6,000 people.

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Famous landmarks like Tower Bridge, Wembley Stadium and The O2 in Greenwich can be seen in the shot. And large green spaces like Hyde Park stand out as dark patches among the street lights and illuminations of the city

Former United States Army officer Robert Kimbrough, 49, tweeted the image on Sunday. It has since been retweeted over 1,800 times and been liked by more than 6,000 people

Former United States Army officer Robert Kimbrough, 49, tweeted the image on Sunday. It has since been retweeted over 1,800 times and been liked by more than 6,000 people

He also posted a picture of Ireland taken by Thomas Pesquet on Friday, just in time for St Patrick’s Day.

In a message on the site, he said: ‘Happy #StPatricksDay Spectacular #Dublin, Ireland captured by @thom_astro from @Space_Station. Enjoy the #StPatricksFest Parade down there!’

Since arriving at the station, Mr Kimbrough has posted a series of incredible images of cities and locations around the world, as well as views of space.

A picture of Ireland taken by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet on Friday, March 17, just in time for the feast of St Patrick. Mr Kimbrough used the image to wish his Twitter followers a happy St Patrick's day

A picture of Ireland taken by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet on Friday, March 17, just in time for the feast of St Patrick. Mr Kimbrough used the image to wish his Twitter followers a happy St Patrick’s day

 A view of the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates taken aboard the International Space Station, with the man-made Palm Island clearly visible just off the coast in the top left

A view of the city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates taken aboard the International Space Station, with the man-made Palm Island clearly visible just off the coast in the top left

Mr Kimbrough was selected by Nasa in 2004 and completed his first spaceflight in 2008.

He spent almost 16 days on the STS-126 space shuttle mission to expand the crew living quarters on the International Space Station (ISS).

The Georgia Institute of Technology masters graduate is now the commander of the station and is leading the 50th expedition to the ISS, although he himself has been aboard the station since Expedition 49.

The view of blizzard Stella, a powerful storm which battered parts of the Northeast United States last week, was captured aboard the space station on March 15

The view of blizzard Stella, a powerful storm which battered parts of the Northeast United States last week, was captured aboard the space station on March 15

Since arriving at the station, Mr Kimbrough has posted a series of incredible images of cities and locations around the world, as well as views of space. He captured this snap of the moon as it appears aboard the space station on March 10

Since arriving at the station, Mr Kimbrough has posted a series of incredible images of cities and locations around the world, as well as views of space. He captured this snap of the moon as it appears aboard the space station on March 10

Expedition 50 began upon the departure of Soyuz MS-01 on October 28, 2016, and will be concluded upon the departure of Soyuz MS-02 in April 2017.

Mr Kimbrough was joined by Russian cosmonauts Sergey Ryzhikov and Andrei Borisenko, who came aboard the station on Soyuz MS-01.

They were later joined by French astronaut Thomas Pesquet from the European Space Agency, Russia’s Oleg Novitskiy and America’s Peggy Whitson – who at age 56 became the oldest woman to fly into space – bringing the total number of people on the station to six.

Sunrise happens 16 times a day on the space station. This is just one of them, captured by Robert Kimbrough on March 7, which shows the sun's rays just starting to illuminate the Earth's atmosphere

Sunrise happens 16 times a day on the space station. This is just one of them, captured by Robert Kimbrough on March 7, which shows the sun’s rays just starting to illuminate the Earth’s atmosphere

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