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Beautiful time-lapse video of Brazil taken from space

German astronaut Alexander Gerst captures a stunning video of Brazil at night from aboard the International Space Station.

Several astronauts aboard the International Space Station have shared their love of futbol during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. On Sunday, German astronaut Alexander Gerst ended up having the most reason to celebrate, as his home country battled Argentina -- and ultimately won -- in an epic showdown in Rio de Janeiro for the World Cup trophy.

On Saturday, Gerst shot a stunning time-lapse video of Rio in the nighttime, capturing the city ablaze with lights and a stray thunderstorm or two. The lights of a Rio that comes to life at night is contrasted with the dark, serene Atlantic Ocean in the second half of the video.

While taking the video, the International Space Station was about 250 miles above the nighttime sky, and traveling at a staggering pace of nearly 18,000 miles per hour. Check out the video at the top of this post for your daily reminder of how beautiful and peaceful our world is, especially from 250 miles up.

(Via io9)