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Incredible Night View From Space Of Brazil Cities Hosting World Cup Matches

While Washingtonians view the World Cup in record numbers, check out this view from space.

Brazil cities hosting World Cup matches.
Brazil cities hosting World Cup matches.

World Cup soccer continues to draw record television crowds, and nowhere is the viewership greater than in the nation's capital.

More than 18 million people watched the United States play Portugal to a 2-2 tie on Saturday, making it the most-watched soccer match ever on U.S. television, according to Mediabistro. Leading the way with a 13.3 rating was the metro area of Washington, D.C.

Rounding out the Top 10 markets: Columbus, OH (12.6), New York (12.5), Boston (11.5), Hartford/New Haven (11.3), Providence (11.2), Atlanta (11.1), Baltimore (11.0), Norfolk (10.5), Orlando (10.5) and Sacramento (10.5), according to the website.

If you think that's pretty cool, take a look at the satellite view of Brazil from NASA. It shows the 12 cities hosting World Cup games this summer: Brasília, Belo Horizonte, Manaus, Fortaleza, Cuiabá, Porto Alegre, Curitiba, Natal, Recife, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro, and São Paulo.

Brazil is a bright place on any day, holding its place as the largest country in South America and the fifth largest in the world by area. Let's hope the lights stay on for the U.S. team after Thursday's match against Germany.

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