Posted: Sun 17th Apr 2016

Stunning picture taken from space shows true size of massive Deeside solar park

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Apr 17th, 2016

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[/text_output][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner padding_top=”0px” padding_bottom=”0px”][vc_column_inner fade_animation_offset=”45px” width=”1/1″][text_output]The 270 acre solar park has been built on Grade 2 ‘prime quality’ agricultural land opposite Deeside Industrial Estate on the A548.

The solar park will generate up to 45,000 mega watt hours of power annually and is one of the largest in the UK.

The 180000 solar panel park is by far the largest man made object in the expansive view taken from around 250 miles above earth.

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The full image clearly shows most of Merseyside from the Formby coast to Liverpool city centre and across the Wirral Peninsular to Flintshire, giant wind turbines can also be seen at the Burbo Bank offshore windfarm in Liverpool Bay.

The image also has a stunning view of the Dee estuary and the River Dee, Flintshire bridge is clearly as is the giant Airbus factory at Broughton and Chester City Centre.

Major Peake’s six month space mission began in December 2015 when he set off aboard a Russian Soyuz rocket blasting off from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

He has posted over 700 images of earth and space onto photo sharing site Flickr  using a Nikon D4 camera and a Sigma 50- 500mm lens a combo which would set you back around £3000.

The image exif data shows it was taken on Saturday at 15:10:37 @astro_timpeake  tweeted it from space at 5pm – so far over 3000 twitter users have re tweeted the image.

The original 4289×2862 resolution 8MB image can be found on Flickr – click image below.

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