There is nothing quite like a brightly lit city to attract your attention while whizzing through space. Unsurprisingly, this view of Dubai last night prompted Col Chris Hadfield, a member of the Canadian Space Agency aboard the International Space Station, to get his camera out.
"Tonight's finale: Dubai, the Palm Island like a trilobite in the night," Col Hadfield tweeted.
The image stretches from Jebel Ali Port to Sharjah, taking in all of Dubai city and its suburbs, the Creek and Sharjah's lagoons. But the most prominent feature is the Palm Jumeirah, jutting out into the darkness of the Arabian Gulf.
Jumeirah Circle off Al Khail Road is lit up like a large disc, while Emirates Hills and its surrounding golf courses show the expansive green parts of the city.
The city's roads can be clearly seen, with Sheikh Zayed Road, Al Khail Road, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Road and Emirates Road all visible. It is not the first time the former Royal Canadian Air Force fighter pilot has taken photos of Dubai. In March, he posted photos of the city in daylight, with the World islands and the Palm Jebel Ali clearly visible.