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12-year-old Udayan Pawar captured this amazing image of a mother gharial carrying her children on her head. The photo won Best Wildlife Photographer of the Year (age 11-14) for Udayan Pawar from the Natural History Museum of London, and is being displayed there now.

12-year-old Udayan Pawar captured this amazing image of a mother gharial carrying her children on her head. The photo won Best Wildlife Photographer of the Year (age 11-14) for Udayan Pawar from the Natural History Museum of London, and is being displayed there now.

High resolution composite image of Jupiter’s moon Io created from several flybys of the probe Galileo in 1996. The resolution is sufficiently high to make out features as small as 1.5 miles across. Io is so close to Jupiter that the tidal forces from the massive body are immense. The compression creates enough heat and friction to make Io the most volcanically active body in the Solar System. It is so active that no impact craters (like those of our moon) are visible; they are quickly covered by lava and ash flows. Image credit: Galileo Project, NASA

High resolution composite image of Jupiter’s moon Io created from several flybys of the probe Galileo in 1996. The resolution is sufficiently high to make out features as small as 1.5 miles across. 

Io is so close to Jupiter that the tidal forces from the massive body are immense. The compression creates enough heat and friction to make Io the most volcanically active body in the Solar System. It is so active that no impact craters (like those of our moon) are visible; they are quickly covered by lava and ash flows. Image credit: Galileo Project, NASA

An Eastern Screech Owl blends into the trunk of a tree. Photo credit: Graham McGeorge.

An Eastern Screech Owl blends into the trunk of a tree. Photo credit: Graham McGeorge.

The MESSENGER spacecraft took this time-lapse series of images as it departed Earth for Mercury. It is seriously stunning. Photo credit: JHU Applied Physics Lab

This image, captured by a NASA satellite, shows a massive algae bloom around an island in the Baltic Sea. The whorls are reminiscent of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” and, in fact, the NASA and USGS scientists working through the satellite images named it exactly that.
Photo credit: USGS, NASA

This image, captured by a NASA satellite, shows a massive algae bloom around an island in the Baltic Sea. The whorls are reminiscent of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night,” and, in fact, the NASA and USGS scientists working through the satellite images named it exactly that.

Photo credit: USGS, NASA

The Yeti lobster (Kiwa hirsuta)lives in colonies near hydrothermal vents more than 2000 meters below the surface of the Pacific ocean. These lobsters are covered in setae that resemble thick fur. The “fur” is colonized by bacteria, which feed off the nutrient-rich seeps from the hydrothermal vents. The lobsters carefully tend their bacteria-laden “fur,” and periodically comb it out to eat the bacteria; this is their primary food source.Photo credit: CHESSO consortium 

The Yeti lobster (Kiwa hirsuta)lives in colonies near hydrothermal vents more than 2000 meters below the surface of the Pacific ocean. These lobsters are covered in setae that resemble thick fur. The “fur” is colonized by bacteria, which feed off the nutrient-rich seeps from the hydrothermal vents. The lobsters carefully tend their bacteria-laden “fur,” and periodically comb it out to eat the bacteria; this is their primary food source.

Photo credit: CHESSO consortium 

The Curiosity Rover on Mars takes a selfie.
Photo credit: NASA

The Curiosity Rover on Mars takes a selfie.


Photo credit: NASA

I’ve gotten several “10 facts” messages in my inbox in the last week, and since I don’t run a personal blog, I’ll just put them here under a read more (feel free to ignore if you follow me for science pictures and don’t care, haha):

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NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the annular eclipse on May 20.Image credit: NASA

NASA’s Terra satellite captured this image of the annular eclipse on May 20.

Image credit: NASA