Science, Now + Beyond

10 absolutely stunning photos that will make you swoon for science

Everyone appreciates a good photograph - even scientists!

Science photography is an interesting endeavor, thanks to advances not only in cameras, but also in microscopes and imaging techniques. This has resulted in an extremely high caliber of science photographs, each revealing just a little more about the weird, wonderful world we live in.

1. Camping Stove Heat Plume | Phred Petersen

Winner of the gold award for International Images for Science 2016 in the category aged 26+. A schlieren image of the heat plume from a liquid-fuelled camping stove, revealing the invisible turbulence of rising hot air.

2. Piercing Headache | Matthew McIntosh

An orange tree frog (Litoria xanthomera), attracting the attention of two thirsty mosquitoes. Taken in Cedar Bay National Park, Queensland, Australia.

3. In Search of Memory | Dr Victor Anggono

This photograph was highly commended in the New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography 2015. Dr Victor Anggono, the photographer, works as a researcher at the University of Queensland. It shows nerve cells (neurons) extending their branches (axons) in order to make synaptic connections. This occurs in your brain every day.

4. Hearts | Lucas Hadjilucas, Simone Rivolo

A photograph of the vascular structure of different types of hearts – that of a rat, a canine, a human, and a porcine (pig). Structures were extracted using high resolution cryomicrotome imaging.

5. Collider III | Hania Farrell

A glimpse into the inside of the Large Hadron Collider (or LHC). The LHC is the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, and is the older sibling of the Hadron Collider. Located in CERN, Switzerland, the LHC allows scientists to test theories relating to particle physics – including the existence of the Higgs boson.

6. Pathways | Christine Klimpton

Calcium carbonate crystals, at 2000x magnification. Calcium carbonate is a plentiful mineral, and can be found in everything from limestone to pearls and eggshells. Scientists think that there may also be evidence of calcium carbonate on Mars.

7. An Ancient Landscape for Modern Science | Pete Wheeler

One of the 128 ‘tiles’ of the radio telescope called the Murchison Widefield Array, located in the Western Australian outback. The MWA is the result of an international collaboration between countries including India, New Zealand, Australia, and the United States. Its primary objective is to find “intergalactic hydrogen gas that surrounded early galaxies”.

8. NGC6888 Crescent Nebula | Dave Watson ARPS

This is a photograph of an emission nebula in the constellation Cygnus. It is called the Crescent Nebula, NGC 6888. This nebula is 5000 light years away from Earth, and 25 light years across.

9. Progression of the Blood Moon | Luke Kwan

The moon progresses from full to eclipsed, in this phenomenon that got many out at night.

10. Blue Lasso | Matthew Smith

A Pacific Man-Of-War, captured in Bushrangers Bay, New South Wales, Australia. Winner of Best of Show in Underwater Photography Guide’s 2016 Ocean Art Contest. Man-Of-Wars are commonly found in the Pacific and Atlantic oceans. Their stings are extremely painful, and can sometimes even be deadly.

These photographs are only a drop in the ocean that is the field of science photography. They show that photography isn’t just for people who specialize as photographers – it is for everybody.