Portsmouth and the south coast... as seen by astronaut Tim Peake

The picture Major Tim Peake took of the south coast
The picture Major Tim Peake took of the south coast

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Astronaut Tim Peake tweeted this amazing photograph capturing Portsmouth on New Year’s Eve from space.

In anticipation of the global celebrations which Major Peake witnessed from the International Space Station, he snapped the picture and tweeted, ‘Looks like some fine weather for #England and #France for tonight’s fireworks! #NewYearsEve.’

His tweet has been re-tweeted more than 1,500 times and liked almost 3,800 times.

Major Peake, who grew up in Westbourne, near Chichester, and is a former student at the University of Portsmouth, also delivered a new year’s message from space.

He said he and his fellow astronauts aboard the ISS would be celebrating the turn of the year at the same time as everyone in the UK.

Major Peake said in the YouTube message, ‘With new year’s rapidly approaching, I’d like to wish everyone on our beautiful planet a fun New Year’s Eve, and a happy, healthy 2016. Happy new year.’