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The 23 Most Breathtaking Science Photos Of 2013

Fall in love with science all over again.

1. Snapshots of an expanding flame in different environments.

C.K. Law, Swetaprovo Chaudhuri, Fujia Wu / princeton.edu

2. A storm at Saturn’s North Pole.

3. A composite image showing a collection of single-cell fresh water algae, desmids.

Dr. Igor Siwanowicz, 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition® / http://www.olympusbioscapes.com

4. Light echoes from Southern hemisphere star RS Puppis.

NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)-Hubble/Europe Collaboration / hubblesite.org

5. Von Karman vortices over the Juan Fernandez Islands in the Pacific Ocean.

6. Three cubesats are dropped from the Japanese segment of the International Space Station.

Nasa / Reuters

7. A stained padded sculpin.

Adam Summers / Twitter: @Fishguy_FHL

8. A baby Olinguito, a new carnivorous mammal discovered in Colombia this year.

Juan Rendon / savingspecies.org

9. Perseid meteor shower seen from Snowy Range in Wyoming.

David Kingham courtesy of The Royal Observatory Greenwich / Via Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2013 / rmg.co.uk

10. Bug brothers.

Mr. Kurt Wirz, 2013 Olympus BioScapes Digital Imaging Competition® / http://www.olympusbioscapes.com

11. A white-eyed parakeet flying in front of the Iguaçu Falls in Argentina.

Alessandro Bee / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 / Via nhm.ac.uk

12. Northern lights over the icebergs in Jökulsárlón, Iceland.

Ellen Anon / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 / Via nhm.ac.uk

13. Thousands of great white pelicans refueling in Israel.

Yossi Eshbol / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 / Via nhm.ac.uk

14. The Beni River in the north of Bolivia, seen from the ISS.

Chris Hadfiend / Twitter: @Cmdr_Hadfield

15. A frog is captured during the launch of Nasa’s LADEE mission.

Nasa / Reuters

16. Silverside fish swirl to escape a potential predator.

Julian Cohen / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 / Via nhm.ac.uk

17. Mount Etna blows a smoke ring (actually water vapour, not smoke).

Tom Pfeiffer / volcanodiscovery.com

18. A nanorose.

Wim Noordui

19. Underwater polar bear.

Paul Soulders / Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013 / Via nhm.ac.uk

20. Snow in the Middle East.

21. Lightning strikes Berlin’s Fernsehturm tower.

22. A 250x magnified marine diatom.

Mr. Wim van Egmond, Micropolitan Museum, courtesy of Nikon Small World / Via nikonsmallworld.com

23. Saturn, Earth and the moon (if you look very closely).

We’re the little dot in the bottom half of this photo.

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