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Video by astronauts aboard the ISS shows breathtaking views of Earth

See the Northern Lights, lightning storms, and more in this NASA video of the Earth taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

TechRepublic contributor Gina Smith posted in her blog on the A New Domain site a four-minute NASA video that features time-lapsed views of Earth taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Gina included this description by Space.com of the video:

The four-minute video combines several sequences of time-lapse imagery snapped recently by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. It takes viewers around the world, above dramatic lightning storms and through dazzling displays of the northern lights, also known as the aurora borealis. One such light show over the United States and Canada features prominently near the beginning of the video. The boundary between Earth and space appears to be aflame as the flickering green lights dance and roll over great swaths of the Northern Hemisphere.

According to the related Space. com article, the images were taken by NASA astronauts Dan Burbank and Don Pettit and European spaceflyer Andre Kuipers.

Watch the video, and then tell us what you think of it in the comments.

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Mary Weilage is a Senior Editor for CBS Interactive. She has worked for TechRepublic since 1999.

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