By Richard Ashmore

An astronaut has caught on camera a rare image of the Australian natural wonder Uluru (Ayers Rock) from 248 miles away on the International Space Station.

The massive red rock monolith is easily recognisable as it stands tall against the backdrop of the desert in the Red Centre of the southern
hemisphere country.

Despite its size to those on the ground Uluru is only around 2.2 miles long and 1.5 miles wide meaning that from space it can be hard to spot the 1,142-foot-tall rock, although it is often seen from planes.

Pic from Caters News/ ESA – Uluru in Australia seen from the International Space Station.

But eagle-eyed French astronaut Thomas Pesquet, currently on the International Space Station, managed to get this incredible image.

In Thomas’s photograph Uluru is visible as a deep red-orange colour with the surrounding desert appearing a darker brown. To the left of the picture tiny white dots of the nearest human dwellings can be seen where tourists stay when they visit the site.

Pic from Rees Hughes/ Caters News

He said about the photograph taken two weeks ago: “A relief that I wanted to capture for a long time: Uluru (or Ayers rock) in the heart of Australia.

“A sacred site with flamboyant colours and which stands out clearly from its environment, the outback typically Australian.

“However, it is not easy to spot from the Space Station, but a few days ago, at the turn of a sunset, we had the chance to admire it.”