From slow-mo footage on YouTube to deep-space satellite imagery to weird washcloths on the International Space Station, this was a big year for beautiful science. Here for your visceral viewing pleasure are thirty-three of our favorite photos and videos from 2013.
A positively massive and downright otherworldy waterspout vortex formed over Tampa Bay, Florida on Tuesday.
This is a pretty picture of a rare occurrence, the odd coupling of a rainbow and a waterspout dancing side by side. Waterspouts are tornadoes over water. This happened near Crete, Greece, in the Mediterranean sea.