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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.

http://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® / 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.

NASA / MODIS / earthobservatory.nasa.gov

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® / 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.

Flickr: gsfc / NASA

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).

NASA / saturn.jpl.nasa.gov

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

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