The Most Amazing Images of the Week, December 12-16, 2011

You kind of have to squint and turn your head slightly askew to see it, but this new NASA image is actually sort of seasonally appropriate. Festive, even. It's a space angel! In a bipolar star-forming region 2,000 light-years away in an isolated section of the Milky Way! See it bigger here. NASA

As the days get colder, we look to our Images of the Week gallery for comfort. Why yes, this incredible space pic does look like a snow angel! Why yes, I would like a 3-D printed advent calendar candy!

And then there’s a picture of an octopus. Because it is scientifically proven (note: requires loose definition of “science”) that the octopus is the World’s Most Awesome creature. Awesomeness rises above seasonality sometimes. Enjoy the gallery!

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