The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

We've seen some incredible images this year. Aerial shots of Dubai, crystalline ice on the open sea, moments of war, portraits of bugs. From our own massive image cache, we selected 100 of the most fantastic photos from 2012.


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

This Girl Snuck Into a Russian Military Rocket Factory


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

The Best Solar Eclipse Photos


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

When You Swallow 35MM Film, Beautiful Things Happen


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

The Luckiest Kid on Earth (or Hoth) Just Got an AT-AT Bunk Bed


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012

The Amazing Artist Who Lets the Real World Paint His Pictures


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012

You'll Never Believe These Stunning Photos of Snow are Real


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Incredible Photograph Captures Exact Moment of Tank Shell Hitting Against Syrian Rebels


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

This Company Builds Some Of the Greatest Playgrounds On Earth


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Dubai Is Officially the Craziest City in the World Now


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Syrian Rebel Posts Sniper's Camera Phone Photos


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Ethereal Insect Photographs Will Cure Your Phobia of Bugs


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Is This Insane Low Pass Flyby the Craziest Thing You're Going To See Today? Most Probably Yes


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012



This Swordfish Pierced the Skin of a Deep Sea Submarine
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

The World's Largest Wood Stockpile Is Absolutely Insane


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012



An Unbelievable Picture of Eight Lightning Bolts Striking San Francisco at the Same Time
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012

Artist Treats San Francisco Beach Like an Enormous Etch-A-Sketch


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



This 1960s Skater Looks Like a Time Traveler From 2012
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Mayan Pyramid Fires Energy Beam Into the Sky or iPhone Sensor Glitch? YOU PICK!


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012



Perhaps the Most Striking Photo Taken in North Korea Last Year
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

This Image of a Soldier Walking On Air Is Simply Awesome


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



There Is a Spaceship Hidden In This Image of Mars
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Awesome Image of Airplane Formation Near Mount Fuji Just Needs Godzilla To Be Perfect


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



This Devilish Alligator Has Not Been Photoshopped
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How You Sign a $100 Million Contract These Days: With an iPad


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The Terrible Colorado Fire Scar Seen From Space
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012

Here's Looking at You, Kid-To Kill You


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



Amazing Image of Hurricane Isaac at Midnight
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Look at These Two F-18s Surrounded By Fire


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Unemployed Astronauts
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San Francisco's Iconic Yahoo! Neon Sign Is Gone


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



Secret Underground Bunker Is Full of World War Weapons and Military Vehicles
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Can You Find the Two Camouflaged Commandos in This Photo Before They Shoot You?


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012



If Only Boarding a Real Plane Was This Pleasant
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Lil Wayne Wearing $1 Million Beats by Dre Headphones Is a Diamond Studded Mess


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



This Is the Biggest River Anywhere Outside Earth
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Did You Know that These Strange Fields of Ice Flowers Exist At Sea?


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



This Mind Blowing Image of the Eclipse Can't Possibly Be Real
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Stunning Image of US Navy Nuclear Supercarrier Skidding Like Crazy Over the Atlantic


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012



Artist Captures the Beauty of Disintegration via Pellet Gun
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Iconic Photos Aren't So Iconic When Left Uncropped


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



Badass Chicks In Israel Don't Go To the Beach Without Their Assault Rifles
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012

These Are the First Images from the Mars Curiosity Rover


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



The Largest Mirror In the World Is So Big That You Can See It From Space
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Artist Carves Bowling Balls Into Unreadable Tomes


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



The Most Expensive Plane of All Time Takes Its First Gorgeous Night Flight
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012

How to Play Video Games While Also Playing with Your Girlfriend


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



This Is the Hottest Kiss Ever Photographed, Right?
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012

How Famous Movie Posters Look From Behind


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



The Bow Size of the Navy's New Nuclear Supercarrier Defies Belief
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This Mindblowing Photo of a World Map In a Water Drop Is Real


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012



This Is Objectively the Best Prom Photo Ever
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012

Can You See the Man Hidden in These Pandas?


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Farming Sulfur on the Edge of an Acid-Spewing Volcano Is Just as Miserable as It Sounds
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Who Knew Getting Stitches in Your Eyeball Could Be So Beautiful?


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



is Is What It Looks Like When Fighters Fly Directly At You in Anger
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

The Coast Guard Sure Blew the Hell Out of the Japanese Ghost Ship


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012



Robot Face Painter Is Somehow Even More Terrifying Than Clowns (Updated: It's a Prank!)
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Awesomely Perfect and Refreshing Example of Surface Tension


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



How Is This Man Floating in the Air?
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

This Photo of the Storm That Hit New York Today Is Insanely Scary


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



These Incredible Collages Are Like Standing on Top of the World
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

A Photo of the Most Elite Pilots on Earth Looking Incredibly Badass


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



The F-35 Shows Its Missile Teeth for the First Time Ever
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012

The Greatest Secret Booze Stash in The World


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



The Coolest Air Interception I Have Ever Seen
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Air Force Accidentally Fills Entire Hangar with Foam


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012



What It's Really Like to Be a Fly On a Wall
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This Is What Happens When Barbie Dolls Turn Into Meth Heads


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



This Photo Really Shows How Impossibly Huge the Airbus A380 Is
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This Is What the Death of a Star Really Looks Like


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

The Most Amazing Warehouse I Have Ever Seen


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



Ten Pictures That Make Earth Look Like Art
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First Color 360-Degree Panorama Sent By Curiosity Rover Shows No Sailors Fighting In the Dance Hall


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



This Gross Piece of Crap May Be the Key to a New Technological Future
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

All Fireworks Should Look as Spectacular as This


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



The Ultimate Photobomb
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

How Can This Aircraft Supercarrier Be In the Middle of a Desert Storm?


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



There Are Two F-16s Hiding in This Picture
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

These Beautiful Chinese Ink Drawings Are Really Amazing Photographs


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



This Explosion Was So Damn Close That the Shockwave Dusted Off Some Marines
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This Is the Mess Left by Curiosity's Cruise Stage


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012



The Single Most Awesome Photographer at the Olympics
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Would We Ever See a Scene Like This In Our Lifetime?


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



A Ghostly Snake on Mars
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Retired Wind Turbines Make For Fantastic Playground Equipment


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012



NASA Captures Shuttle's Capitol Hill Flyby With—What Else—Instagram (Updated)
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Here's $420 Million of Your Tax Dollars Crashed and Burned


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The Avengers Inside Hopper's Iconic Nighthawks Painting
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

The First Look at Mars' Ocean


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



If You Think Stock Images Are Bad Nowadays, Look at the Ones From the 90s
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This Is What It Looks Like When You Print iPhone Photos the Old Fashioned Way


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



This Toilet Is the Perfect Place To Sit When Perched On a Glass Floor Over a 15 Story Shaft
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This Is What Three Years of One Person's GPS Data Looks Like


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



Real Lasers on Actual Sharks
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This Beautiful Retro Airplane Porn Is My New Desktop Background


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



How the Hell Did This MacBook Pro End Up Like a Crumpled Paper Page?
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

A Shark Without Its Skin Looks Even Scarier Than A Regular Shark


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



The Italian Sunken Ship From Space Looks Surreal
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Stunning First Images From the World's Most Powerful Digital Camera


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



These Creepy Dolls Are Actually Real Humans
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

This Beach Is Made from the Blood and Bodies of 200 Tons of Dead Sardines


The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S



This Is What Shooting a Gun Underwater Looks Like
The 100 Most Astonishing Images of 2012S

Awesome Photos of Musical Instruments' Interiors Make Me Want to Live In Them