The most amazing science images of 2014

A recap of the best science images of the year

PUBLISHED: 12:00, 23 Dec 2014 | 
UPDATED: 16:37, 22 Dec 2014 | 
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#1 Birth of a snowflake

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Snowtime is a 2-minute “microscopic time-lapse” by Vyacheslav Ivanov that captures the creation of a snow flake.

#2 Earth and the Moon, in a single frame

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This rare picture of the Moon’s far side was captured by China’s Chang’e 5 test vehicle in October.

#3 The first-ever footage of a “Black Seadevil”

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The Black Seadevil, a species of anglerfish never before filmed alive in its natural, deep-sea habitat.

#4 Google executive Alan Eustace beats Felix Baumgartner’s free-fall record

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Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, fell from the top of the stratosphere on the morning of October 24, plummeting nearly 26 vertical miles in the span of about 15 minutes. In doing so, he broke daredevil Felix Baumgartner’s 2012 record for world’s highest-altitude free fall by more than 1,000 feet.

#5 Super Typhoon Vongfong

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NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman captured this incredible photograph of super typhoon Vongfang on October 9th, from aboard the International Space Station. “I’ve seen many from here,” Wiseman said of Vongfong, which had recently become the largest, most powerful storm of 2014, “but none like this.”

#6 Real life mosquito tornado

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While visiting Leziria Grande at Vila Franca de Xira in Portugal recently, photographer Ana Filipa Scarpa noticed something off in the distance that resembled a funnel cloud. But it wasn’t a tornado, or even a funnel for that matter. Rather, it was something… alive.

#7 The Rosetta Mission lands on a comet

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After more than half a decade of travelling through space, On August 6th, the Rosetta spacecraft lands on a comet.

#8 The Curiosity Rover snaps a stunning photo of a Martian sunset

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It may just look like a normal sunset, but what you’re looking at is in fact a sunset on Mars

#9 NASA observes a solar explosion

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In May, NASA’s sun-observing IRIS spacecraft managed to capture its first close-up look at a colossal coronal mass ejection erupting from the sun.

#10 Chemical reactions shot in HD

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Chemical reactions are those magical moments when the matter that surrounds us suddenly bursts into life.

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