The most beautiful science pictures of 2013

Care to see just how amazing this world is? Business Insider takes us on a journey with 66 of the most stunning science pictures of the year. You’ll see breathtaking images of the Aurora borealis, Mount Etna smoke rings, a 3D map of the Milky Way, a wild pig swimming in the Bahamas, and the incredible Zhangjiajie National Forest Park in China. Pretty great stuff.

This year saw a lot of scientific breakthroughs: A newly discovered planet, GJ 504 b, the first images of the hydrogen bond (which holds out DNA together), the discovery of the Olinguito (the first new carnivorous mammal discovered in the Americas in the last 35 years), and of course, the most important: the invention of glow-in-the-dark ice cream!

Via Business Insider

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