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Photo of the Day : Science & Space

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Picture of workers at a hydroelectric plant in South America

Power Lines

Photo of the Day, June 24, 2015

In this entry to the Traveler Photo Contest, two power plant workers walk over a generator cover in Itaipu, a ...

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Picture of a young honeybee emerging from its cell for the first time

New Bee

Photo of the Day, May 15, 2015

A new honeybee emerges from a brood cell. In her six-week life span, this worker bee will forage for food ...

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Picture of an abandoned farm under the night sky outside Bartlett, Texas

Galaxy West

Photo of the Day, April 4, 2015

The Milky Way arcs above an abandoned farm outside the former railroad town of Bartlett, Texas. Earth’s vast home ...

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Picture of an aurora seen from the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Iceland

Worth the Wait

Photo of the Day, March 14, 2015

“A beautiful and active aurora appeared the day after a storm had passed over Iceland,” writes Takashi Nakagawa, a member ...

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Picture of strobe rockets lighting up the sky in Mason City, Iowa

Rocket Land

Photo of the Day, March 9, 2015

Strobe rockets light up the night sky in Mason City, Iowa. Mason City is home to the Iowa Thunderstorm, the ...

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Picture of a carpenter ant emerging from a fanged pitcher plant in Borneo

The Pitcher and the Carpenter

Photo of the Day, March 8, 2015

The fanged pitcher plant and the carpenter ant (seen here in Borneo) have a mutualistic relationship: While the plant’s ...

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Picture of a constellation of orbs, rings, and halos hanging above the Greenland ice sheet

Icesheet #4727

Photo of the Day, March 2, 2015

A constellation of orbs, rings, and halos hangs above the Greenland ice sheet in this picture by Murray Fredericks, who ...

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Picture of fireflies lighting up a summer night in Tennessee

Flashes of Summer

Photo of the Day, February 21, 2015

Fireflies flash and streak through a Tennessee summer night, putting on a spectacular light show to seduce prospective mates. The ...

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Picture of porcelain fungus mushrooms, Mount Olympus, Greece

Polished Porcelain

Photo of the Day, January 2, 2015

“I am a big fan of mushrooms,” writes Your Shot member Agorastos Papatsanis. He encountered these specimens on Mount Olympus ...

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Picture of a macro shot of an illuminated seashell

Star Bright

Photo of the Day, December 31, 2014

“I came across this sea shell and noticed the delicate patterns when I held it up to the light,” writes ...

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Picture of ice crystals on a car window

Scattered Snow

Photo of the Day, December 25, 2014

“This photo was taken on a chilly morning in the Austrian Alps during our ski holiday,” writes Your Shot member ...

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Picture of Jupiter moon Europa

Distant Oasis

Photo of the Day, June 16, 2014

The frozen, fissured surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, seen here in a colorized mosaic image from the Galileo spacecraft ...

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Picture of the ALMA array in Chile

Eyes on the Heavens

Photo of the Day, March 18, 2014

Light from the setting sun dances on antennas forming part of the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA), high in ...

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Picture of a sunset in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

Sunset, South Africa

Photo of the Day, May 5, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

In the southern summer of 2012, I spent ...

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Picture of a MikroKopter drone

MikroKopter Drone

Photo of the Day, March 18, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

With eight arms spanning less than a yard, a ...

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Picture of an ecologist igniting a methane bubble

Methane Ignition, Alaska

Photo of the Day, March 16, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Methane is bubbling from lakes all over the warming ...

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Picture of a climber in an ice cave in Antarctica

Warren Cave, Antarctica

Photo of the Day, October 21, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

A mix of ropes and ladders eases access to ...

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Picture of a storm chaser driving towards lightning

Storm Chasing

Photo of the Day, September 25, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

With a 1,600-pound camera he calls the Kahuna ...

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Picture of an aurora borealis above the Arctic Circle

Aurora Borealis, Svalbard

Photo of the Day, September 22, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

I was visiting Longyearbyen, Svalbard, way up over the ...

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Picture of Eyjafjallajökull volcano in Iceland

Eyjafjallajökull, Iceland

Photo of the Day, September 19, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

The volcano Eyjafjallajökull, in Iceland, just before dawn on ...

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Picture of an aurora over Iceland

Northern Lights, Iceland

Photo of the Day, August 31, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Photos

On this night northern lights had been predicted, so I decided ...

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Photo: Scientists collecting samples from a giant redwood tree

Redwood Tree, California

Photo of the Day, May 26, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: Adventure and Exploration Photos

Partway up a 350-foot tree, botanist Marie Antoine (at ...

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Photo: A volcanologist on Mutnovsky volcano in Kamchatka, Russia

Mutnovsky Volcano, Kamchatka

Photo of the Day, May 24, 2012

This Month in Photo of the Day: Adventure and Exploration Photos

A volcanologist strides through a murky expanse of steam ...

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Photo: Scientists study 3-D simulations of nuclear explosions

Nuclear Explosion Simulation, New Mexico

Photo of the Day, October 26, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Photos From New National Geographic Books

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory study ...

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Photo: Plastic balls in the Ivanhoe Reservoir

Ivanhoe Reservoir, Los Angeles

Photo of the Day, October 8, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Photos From New National Geographic Books

In 2007, high levels of bromate—a ...

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Photo: An aurora lights up the sky over a lake

Aurora Borealis, Iceland

Photo of the Day, May 19, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Travel and Adventure Photos

This photo was taken in Iceland.

(This photo and ...

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Photo: A fiery lava lake inside a volcanic crater

Nyiragongo Lava, Congo

Photo of the Day, April 13, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

Cradling one of the world's largest and least ...

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Photo: A person walking on the lava floor of a caldera

Nyiragongo Volcano, Congo

Photo of the Day, March 24, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

An expedition member walks on the cooled lava floor ...

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Photo: Diprotodon tracks

Diprotodon Tracks, Australia

Photo of the Day, March 6, 2011

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

On a drying lake bed in Victoria, a farmer ...

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Photo: Microscopic view of a butterfly egg

Butterfly Egg

Photo of the Day, October 23, 2010

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

Dryas iulia
Perched on the tendril of a Passiflora ...

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Photo: Empire State Building at night

Empire State Building, New York

Photo of the Day, October 15, 2010

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Magazine Features

In the city that never sleeps a new awareness ...

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Photo: Silhouette of a person against a starry sky

Starry Sky, Washington

Photo of the Day, September 18, 2010

This Month in Photo of the Day: Nature and Weather Photos

Driving home over the Waterville Plateau, a waxing sliver ...

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Photo: Shuttle launch

Endeavour Shuttle Launch

Photo of the Day, August 15, 2010

This Month in Photo of the Day: Photos From the 2009 International Photo Contest

A tail of smoke chases the ...

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<p>Photo: Man-made lightning striking a model power line</p>

Lightning Model

Photo of the Day, December 15, 2009

This Month in Photo of the Day: Most Popular Photos From 2009

Westinghouse engineers use this miniature system for tests ...

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<p>Photo: Children exposed to ultraviolet light</p>

Ultraviolet Bath, Russia

Photo of the Day, October 26, 2009

This Month in Photo of the Day: Images from the National Geographic Archive

Make-believe summer lasts for a minute or ...

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<p>Photo: Atom bomb test</p>

Atom Bomb Test, Bikini Atoll

Photo of the Day, October 5, 2009

This Month in Photo of the Day: Images from the National Geographic Archive

The second atomic bomb tested in Operation ...

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