The Greatest Science Photos Of The Year

From an explosion on the sun to creatures from the depths of the ocean, we assemble our favorite pics from 2012.

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It’s been a great year for science–Curiosity! The Higgs Boson!–and intrepid photographers have been there all along to document it. Narrowing our favorite photos down to just a dozen wasn’t easy, but here they are. Until next year, everybody.

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