Buffalo from Space

Buffalo and the Niagara Region from space…
Thanks to Buffalo Rising reader GW for passing along the following image of Buffalo at night, taken from the International Space Station. 
Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield took the photo and posted it on his Twitter account with the description “Niagara Falls in the night, and all the surrounding towns from St Catharines ON to Buffalo NY”. 
Seen in the image is the Niagara Region (on left) Buffalo/WNY (on right) from space.
Chris Hadfield @Cmdr_Hadfield:
Canadian Astronaut, currently living in space aboard ISS as Flight Engineer on Expedition 34, to be Commander of Expedition 35.
Orbiting Earth on ISS · www.asc-csa.gc.ca/eng/default.asp
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17 comments
Crisa
Crisa

What is that opaque oval image at the bottom, right of the screen? Is it a reflection of the moon? What is that bright roadway to the right? Is it Bailey or Harlem?

Crisa
Crisa

Great image!

Jack
Jack

This image demonstrates how the Buffalo-Niagara metropolitan area really includes a larger area/population than one would suspect from the official population stats (because of the international border). Admittedly, the border (especially post-9/11) has become a real barrier to experiencing the whole region--but a Nexus card and the Whirlpool Bridge eliminate a lot of that hassle.

RaChaCha
RaChaCha

This is mesmerizing! Love how you can pick out individual stuff & streets, like Ferry Street, Rich Products, UB, D'Youville, airport, etc. There's even a lake effect band over South Buffalo and the southtowns!

LouisTully
LouisTully

No, you can follow Main Street from Niagara Square up to where it jogs at Ferry and then where it heads due east, basically at UB South. You can pretty much judge the airport by the pattern, and then infer Transit is the bright N/S line just east of the airport. Really the only dark spot is the smudge to the south of the city. If you look really hard, you can almost make out the dark spot where HarborCenter is going to be.

Old First Ward
Old First Ward

I thought that bright line was Main St. but it hard to tell.

Buffaboy
Buffaboy

Wow, I can pick up those racial undertones...not a surprise from OFW.

LouisTully
LouisTully

What are you calling the east side? The whole thing looks pretty bright all the way out to that north/south line which I imagine is... Transit? Now, south of the city... is that a smudge on the window or is that just south Buffalo? The entire picture is clear except just south of the city.

bflolover
bflolover

Chris is a great guy and actually grew up not too far from Buffalo - in Milton, ON. His window to the US were Buffalo television stations.

His parents still live there and they've named a school after him: http://chr.hdsb.ca

300miles
300miles

Very cool photo. Thanks for sharing!

Old First Ward
Old First Ward

The eastside looks pretty dark at night. The westside is nice and bright.

Little Z
Little Z

Very cool! I suspect a lot of people will have new computer wallpaper tomorrow.

LouisTully
LouisTully

That's awesome. Easy to pick out the radial streets of Buffalo.

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