100 Most Astonishing Images Of 2013

100 Most Astonishing Images Of 2013

We post tons of great images on Gizmodo, from space to science to art to design. Here’s a treasure trove of our very favourites that proves that 2013 was, if nothing else, eye-catching.

The Most Spectacular New Year’s Eve Fireworks Are Definitely In Dubai

100 Most Astonishing Images Of 2013

Photo: Gerald Donovan


The USS Zumwalt Deck Looks Like a Part of an Imperial Star Destroyer

100 Most Astonishing Images Of 2013

Photo: U.S. Navy


This Picture Makes Manhattan Look Like a Video Game

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Photo: AirPano


How Scientists Observe the Sun In Every Possible Way

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Photo: NASA/SDO/Goddard Space Flight Center


What Is Happening to This Aircraft Carrier?

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Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Iain L. Stratton/U.S. Navy


Incredible Images of the Massive New Tunnels Hollowing New York City

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Photo: Mass Communication Specialist Iain L. Stratton/U.S. Navy


An Instagram Foot Shot From the Tallest Building in the World Is the Best Instagram Foot Shot

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Photo: Joe McNally


How to Jump Out of a Chinook in Style

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Photo: Airman 1st Class Christopher Callaway/US Air Force


Saturn’s Harrowing Hurricane Is Even More Terrifying in Technicolor

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Photo: NASA


Watch the World Trade Center’s Spire Rise 104 Stories into the Air

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Photo: Michael Hession/Gizmodo


Convenience Food Looks Kinda Gross In Cross-Section

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Photo: Beth Galton


Inside the Rain Room: Walking Through a Downpour Without Getting Wet

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Photo: Michael Hession/Gizmodo


Is This a Real Picture or a Frame from a JJ Abrams Movie?

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Photo: NASA


Holy Crap These Four Images Are Actually Just One Single Picture

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Photo: Bela Borsodi


These Cross-Sections of Golf Balls Look Like They’re From Outer Space

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Photo: James Friedman


What Happens When the US Navy Does a Doughnut in the Pacific Ocean

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Photo: U.S. Navy


Mesmerizing Photo Collages Show Time Peeling Away In Layers

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Photo: Fong Qi Wei


A Frog Got Too Close to a NASA Launch and, Well, This Happened

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Photo: NASA


These Floating Globes of Ink and Oil Look Completely Unreal

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Photo: Alberto Seveso


9 Breathtaking Images That Make the American West Look Utterly Alien

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Photo: Reuben Wu


This Year’s Best Wildlife Photograph Required Serious Balls to Take

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Photo: Udayan Rao Pawar/Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2013


Haunting Aerial Photographs of Drowned Villages in Canada

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Photo: Louis Helbig


These incredible sky lights look like alien spaceships coming to Earth

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Photo: Pauli Hänninen


You Need This Beautiful Machinery If You Want Atomic Precision

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Photo: Brookhaven National Laboratory


Explore the Extraordinary, Glittering Infinity Rooms of Yayoi Kusama

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Photo: Michael Hession/Gizmodo


This must be the greatest light show in the entire solar system

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Photo: NASA


Is This a Storm or the Open Gates of Hell?

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Photo: Anne Goforth


Whoa, Watch This Hotel in Munich Get Transformed in 88 Different Ways

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Photo: Víctor Enrich


The Chinese Rover’s First Moon Photos Are Here

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Photo: China National Space Administration

Antarctica Looks Like a Mystical Land Shrouded in Lenticular Ice

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Photo: Michael Studinger/NASA


You’ve Never Seen GPS Data Look This Beautiful

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Image by Eric Fischer/Mapbox


The World’s Tallest Waterslide Better End in the World’s Deepest Pool

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Photo: Imgur


The Red Planet’s Deep Valleys in Kaleidoscope Colour

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Image: ESA


What the Hottest Place on Earth Looks Like

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Satellite image: ESA


You’ve Never Seen a Cell Look Like This

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Image by Mariela Loschi


It Looks Like You Could Climb This Celestial Tree Into Space

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Image credit: Jerónimo Losada


This Aerial of NYC Makes One World Trade Look Like the Eye of Sauron

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Photo: James Kastner


Perfectly Timed Pics of Aeroplanes Silhouetted Against the Moon

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Photo: Sebastien Lebrigand


NASA’s Psychedelic Space Plane Is Glowing With Pure Science

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Image Credit: NASA Langley/Preston Martin


Inside the Celestial Workshop That Makes the World’s Fastest Yachts

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Photo credit: Benedict Redgrove


OK, Who Invited the Osprey to the Rave?

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Photo credit: Navy


This Terrifying Lightning Storm Is a Masterful, Miniature Fake

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Photo credit: Matthew Albanese


What the World Would Look Like If You Could Actually See Wi-Fi Signals

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Image credit: Nickolay Lamm


This Intense Real-Life F-35 Picture Looks Like an Iron Man 3 Frame

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A Tiny Wasp Hitches a Ride on the Back of a Dragonfly

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Image: Yuan Tung Shih/NHM


NASA’s 3D-Printed Rocket Injector Test: A Beautiful Inferno

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Image Credit: NASA Glenn Research Center


A Perfectly Timed Bolt of Lightning Makes Fireworks Extra Awesome

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Photo Credit: AJ192/Reddit


Microwaving a Highlighter Is So Dumb But Looks So Impossibly Cool

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Photo credit: opticreason/Reddit


New York City’s New Subway Tunnel Looks Like a Level From Half-Life

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Photo credit: MTA


The Ultimate Photoshoot Location

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Photo credit: NASA


A Soldier Launching a Stinger Missile That Looks Like Lasers

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Photo credit: Marine Corps


Bill Gates and Paul Allen Recreate Iconic 1981 Microsoft Photo

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Photo credit: Paul Allen


A Horizontal Rainbow Makes For Easier Trips to Oz

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Photo credit: Bertrand Kulik


Power-Desperate, Stranded Carnival Cruise Passengers Make a Rat-King Out of Phone Cords

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Las Vegas From Space Is One Bright Hole Straight to Hell

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Photo credit: Chris Hadfield


A Butterfly Under a Light Microscope

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Image credit: David Millard/Olympus Bioscapes


This Awesome Image From Another Dimension Has Not Been Photoshopped

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Image credit: Tackyshack


An Incredible Photo of a Colonial Base in an Alien World Called Earth

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Photo credit: Antony Dubber


What Are the Odds of Capturing a Moment This Rare?

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Photo credit: Scott Rinckenberger


It’s Hard to Believe That This Is Part of Our Planet

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Image credit: ESA


Incredible Photo Shows the Peaceful Alien Beauty of a Horse Foetus

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Photo credit: Tim Flach


Stunning Night Images of a Nuclear Ice Breaker in the Middle of Nowhere

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This Mesmerizing Ai Weiwei Installation Is Made From 3,144 Bicycles

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iOS Maps Atrocities? Nah, These Are Works of Art

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Image credit: Trapcode


What Happens When You Soak a Negative in Gasoline and Light It on Fire

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Image credit: Peter Hoffman



Behold the Gigantic 98-Foot-High Horse Heads Just Completed in Scotland

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Photo credit: Brian Smith


Inside the Incredible, Complex Factories Where Satellites Are Born

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Image credit: Greg White


Minotaur 1 Soars Into Space

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Photo credit: Allison Stancil/NASA


Colourful Desert Ruins Consumed by Waves of Sand

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Photo credit: Romain Veillon


Elaborate Dioramas Model the Apocalypse in Miniature

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Photo credit: Lori Nix


The Creepiest Photographs of Things You Can Only See Under the Microscope

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You Won’t Believe These Soaring Fighter Jets Are Just Toys

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Photo credit: Dan Ledesma


The View From the Base of New York City’s Annual 9/11 Memorial

100 Most Astonishing Images Of 2013

Photo credit: Mark Lenniham/AP


Flowers Shatter Like Glass Thanks to Liquid Nitrogen and a Gun

100 Most Astonishing Images Of 2013

The Jaw-Dropping Winner of the Largest Sports Photography Contest Yet

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Photo credit: Lorenz Holder/Illume


The Research Base At the End of the World

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Photo: Reuben Wu


The Daya Bay Neutrino Detector’s Photomultiplier Tubes

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Photo credit: Berkeley Lab


This High-Speed Digital Camera Can Freeze Objects Moving 7,500 MPH

100 Most Astonishing Images Of 2013

Photo credit: MetroLaser


What 35MM Film Looks Like Developed in Ammonia

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Photo credit: Matthew Cetta


What Manhattan Would Look Like If It Were in the Grand Canyon

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The Best Nature Photo of the Year Is This Badass Polar Bear

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Photo credit: Paul Souders


These Incredible Light Columns Are Caused by Ice Crystals

100 Most Astonishing Images Of 2013

Photo credit: Thomas Kast


Trial by Ice at GE’s Engine Testing Site in Winnipeg, Canada

100 Most Astonishing Images Of 2013

Photo credit: GE


Helicopter Incredibly Rescues a Man Trapped on a Crane After Explosion

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Photo credit: @ChrisInKingston


This Is What the Universe Would Look Like If It Were a Tiny Model

100 Most Astonishing Images Of 2013

Photo credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA). Assembly and processing by Robert Gendler.


You Won’t Believe How Accurate GE’s New CT Scanner Is

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Image credit: GE


Every Second in Star Wars IV Arranged by How Bright It Is

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Image credit: Jason Salavon


Holy Wow, You Can Actually Swim Like Scrooge McDuck in this Bank Vault

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Photo credit: James Edition Auction


The First Video in History to Capture the Moon Orbiting Earth

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A Fennec Trots Through the Desert

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Photo by José Mingorance


Behold the Centrifuge That Looks Like a Laser Cannon

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Photo credit: Sandia National Laboratories


Largest True-Colour Image of the Sky Ever Is Made of 37,000 Photos

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Image credit: Nick Risinger


This Awesome Photo Hasn’t Been Digitally Modified

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Photo Credit: JeeYoung Lee


This Beautiful Orchid Is a Deadly Predator

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Photo credit: James O’Hanlon


This Museum Is Actually an Unbelievable Gingerbread House

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Photo credit: Caitlin Levin and Henry Hargreaves for Dylan’s Candy Bar


The Grand Canyon Completely Flooded by Clouds in “Once-in-a-Lifetime” Event

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Photo credit: Grand Canyon National Park


Is There an Alien Base in the Heart of This Romanian Salt Mine or What?

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Photo credit: Salina Turda


What the World Would Look Like If You Could See Cell Phone Signals

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Image credit: Nickolay Lamm


The New Home of the Guandong Plastic Exchange

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Photo credit: Shenzhen Daily