01/04/2013 08:59 EST | Updated 03/06/2013 05:12 EST

Canadian astronaut tweets view of Golden Horseshoe from space

There are certain benefits of having a resident of a nearby burg take a trip in space.

Case in point: Commander Chris Hadfield's stint on the International Space Station has snagged southern Ontario residents a snazzy souvenir.

On Thursday, the Canadian astronaut from Milton, Ont. tweeted a Jan 2. photo of the Golden Horseshoe revealing the Hamilton area covered in a blanket a snow.

The former Royal Canadian Air Force pilot blasted off from Kazakhstan in mid-December for a five-month stint at the International Space Station. He is slated to take command of the outpost in March — the first Canadian to do so.

Take a look at some of his Twitter activity, which included a pretty surreal exchange with an even more famous space captain.