Amazing photos of countries from space

These satellite images provide the ultimate view of some of the world's most interesting places.

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Ireland Ireland (Photo: NASA / Wikimedia Commons)

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There is a reason that Ireland is known for its greenness. The lush landscapes come courtesy of frequent rainfalls and temperatures that vary little throughout the year. From this satellite picture, it's easy to see why this North Atlantic nation has earned the nickname the Emerald Isle. 

Despite its brightly-hued landscapes, Ireland is hardly tropical. The capital city of Dublin is located at a latitude of 53 degrees north. Move directly east and you will pass through Siberia and the Canadian metropolis of Edmonton, two places notorious for their frigid, snowy winters. Ireland's milder climate comes courtesy of the North Atlantic Current, an offshoot of the Gulf Stream that brings warm water and air to Northwestern Europe.        

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