Amazing Pictures: Perth & the WA South-West from Space

Amazing images of Perth and the WA South-West from the International Space Station, a unique view of the place we all call home. 

Perth's Swan River, Canning River and Avon, surrounding suburbs and the coast to the Indian Ocean.
Perth’s Swan River, Canning River and Avon River, surrounding suburbs and the coast to the Indian Ocean. You can even see boats off the coast.

Take a look at these amazing pictures of Perth and the entire south-west of Western Australia, taken from the International Space Station by Canadian Astronaut Chris Hadfield.

These remarkable images of the places we all call home, were taken by Hadfield, orbiting above the earth at about 350 kilometres, in January 2013.

You can really appreciate the beauty of where we live on our Earth, and how small and fragile we all are in the far southern reaches of the vast Indian Ocean.

In the photos, you can see fires burning in bushland, the Swan River, Rottnest Island, the south-west capes, the Darling Scarp from Augusta, Bunbury, Perth and beyond to the north and east, and so much more.

The images were taken and posted to Twitter by Hadfield in 2013.

They were posted 51 years after John Glenn famously referred to Perth as the “City of Light” – when Glenn famously circled the Earth, the first American to do so.

On that day in 1962, Glenn flew over Perth as the people of Perth turned on their lights to acknowledge his mission. Glenn observed that the city was clearly visible from space and Perth became known worldwide as the ‘City of Light’.

John Glenn’s “The City of Light,” in 1962.

Perth City of Light

Chris Hadfield’s images of SW WA in 2013.

All below images come from Chris Hadfield’s Twitter.

You can see the Swan River, Rottnest, Rockingham and south to Mandurah
You can see the Swan River, Rottnest, Rockingham and south to Mandurah, Australind and Bunbury, all the way south to Geograph Bay. A fire burns to the north of Perth.
A snapshot of the south-west tip of Western Australia.
A snapshot of the South-West of Western Australia. Geograph Bay to the far right, Yellingup to Augusta can be traced right to left on the coast. The change in Ocean tone and colour can be seen, showing waves, swells and tides.
The south-west of Western Australia, the Indian and Southern Ocean, with solar panels of the ISS in the foreground. The sun glows over the Indian Ocean, as cloud covers the interior of WA.
The south-west of Western Australia, the Indian and Southern Oceans’, with solar panels of the ISS in the foreground. The sun glows over the Indian Ocean, as cloud covers the interior of WA.
Perth from the International Space Station. From the Indian Ocean to the coastal plains of Perth and the SW, to the Darling Scarp, the interiors, market by cleared land, and beyond, to the forests and desert interior.
Perth from the International Space Station. From the Indian Ocean to the coastal plains of Perth and the SW, to the Darling Scarp, the interiors, market by cleared land, and beyond, to the forests and desert interior.