Sunday, January 8, 2017

These 2016 Science Photos Are Breathtaking


Chunks of sea ice, melt ponds, and open water seen from 1,500 feet on July 16.

1These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

A rift in the Larsen C ice shelf in Antarctica, photographed on Nov. 10.
2These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

Ninety-nine-million-year-old dinosaur tail feathers, preserved in amber.
3These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

Part of the Sahara desert in western Libya, taken from the International Space Station on Oct. 3.
4These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

Valleys on Mars, taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.
5These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

The invisible turbulence of hot air rising from a small liquid-fuelled camp stove. Schlieren photography allows us to see and record the refractive index differences between the hot air from the flame and the cooler ambient air in the surrounding environment. One of the winners of the Royal Photography Society’s International Images for Science awards, supported by Siemens.
6These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

The Curiosity Mars rover taking a selfie.
7These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

A Soyuz spacecraft with three astronauts on board lands in Kazakhstan on Oct. 30.
8These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

New newt species Tylototriton anguliceps discovered in the Greater Mekong region of Southeast Asia and announced in a World Wildlife Fund report in December.
9These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

Astronomers found evidence for what is likely one of the most extreme pulsars, or rotating neutron stars, ever detected. This composite image shows RCW 103 in X-ray and optical light.
10These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

A Cuban emerald hummingbird, Chlorostilbon ricordii. This photograph was the overall winner in the 2016 British Ecological Society photography competition.
11These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

A caterpillar in its final minutes, during a wasp attack and after its back erupted with parasitoid pupae. The drop of liquid is haemolymph – the equivalent of blood for a caterpillar. This photograph was the student winner in a category of the 2016 British Ecological Society photography competition.
12These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

Microbeads, tiny bits of plastic found in cosmetics that are too small for treatment systems to remove from waste water and that harm marine life, taken from a type of eyeliner. The image is taken from a photography project studying the effects of microplastics on the environment.
13These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

Ants eating food colouring with sugar, turning blue from the liquid ingestion.
14These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

The Milky Way above an ocean of cloud, taken at 4,400m altitude in the Himalayas.
15These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

“Warrior of the Grassland”: a fan-throated lizard, a highly territorial creature, on guard to protect its territory. Image taken in Maharashtra state, India, in summer, the lizards’ breeding season.
16These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

The Crab Nebula – a vast cloud of gas, formed by an exploding star 2,600 years ago and 1,600 light years away – seen through the Hubble telescope in October.
17These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

The Phuket horned tree agamid, Acanthosaura phuketensis, was recently discovered among the few remaining forest patches on the popular Thai tourist island of Phuket.
18These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

A Greenland shark, a kind of sleeper shark. These huge, slow-moving creatures move gently around the deep Atlantic. A study this year discovered that they are the longest-living known vertebrates, with one specimen being recorded at at least 392 years old.
19These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

Small star clusters orbiting a lenticular galaxy, NGC 5308. “Small” is a relative term: Each cluster contains hundreds of thousands of stars.
20These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

The end of a diving beetle’s leg, seen in false colour under a microscope. It’s about 2mm long and is used to attach to a female’s back during sex.
21These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

Sandhill cranes on their long migration from Siberia to Mexico shelter in Nebraska during a storm. From National Geographic’s best pics of the year.
22These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

Lightning flashes and city lights are seen from the International Space Station, with two Russian spacecraft in the foreground.
23These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

Blacktip reef sharks lounge in a few inches of low-tide water in a bay in the Seychelles.
24These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

Tiger sharks in the northern Bahamas, in a place known as “Tiger Beach”.
25These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking

A radio-frequency image of the universe, taken by the GaLactic and Extragalactic All-sky Murchison Widefield Array (GLEAM) radiotelescope in the Australian Outback.
26These 2016 Science Photos Are                               Breathtaking


~[FunFunky] 

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