This year may have been a rough one up here on Earth’s dry surface, but beneath the waves ocean life flourished and dazzled. The world’s most prestigious underwater photography competition has just announced its winning images for 2016—and they’re absolutely spellbinding.
You might say Ken Libbrecht is into snowflakes. In fact, he’s made a career of studying them in his lab at Caltech. He’s even got a high-tech snowflake machine, which he uses to grow dazzling designer flakes of all shapes and sizes.
A team of researchers has identified the most distant galaxy currently measured in the night sky. Galaxy EGS-zs8-1 is so far from our planet that we’re only now seeing light it emitted a staggering 13 billion years ago.