Take a close look at this detailed time lapse video of Earth and its natural elements — taken from the International Space Station over the course of one night. It's beautiful, isn't it?

Time lapses are a dime a dozen, but this one is adequately calming. You can't see what's truly happening down under — what's going on in the streets, you can't see the cars, and you can't see the planes, but it's still hard to say this doesn't bring the wow factor.

"This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antarctica. Visible cities, countries and landmarks include (in order) Vancouver Island, Victoria, Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Fransisco, Los Angeles. Phoenix. Multiple cities in Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. Mexico City, the Gulf of Mexico, the Yucatan Peninsula, Lightning in the Pacific Ocean, Guatemala, Panama, Columbia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, and the Amazon. Also visible is the earths ionosphere (thin yellow line) and the stars of our galaxy."

To see our planet's splendor from the view of the ISS, flip the video resolution to 1080p HD (if your computer can handle it) for the best picture. This video is another reminder of why we need to keep pushing the limits of space and get American astronauts back up there.

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