15 of the Best Science Pics From Our Instagram Page in 2016

No selfies.

25 DEC 2016

2016 has been one hell of a year. Gravitational waves were detected, the 'impossible' EM Drive passed peer review, and itโ€™s set to be the hottest year on record.

Now, as 2016 finally comes to a close, it's time to look back at some of the most incredible images it dished up, plus the facts that made us stop and think, and the jokes that helped us procrastinate at work (ILU multiverse memes).


The ScienceAlert Instagram page is full of weird facts, great science jokes, and amazing pictures - here are some of our favourites from 2016:

How is this even possible:


Photographer Francisco Negroni captured this ridiculous pic of the Cordon Caulle Volcano exploding with volcanic lightning back in 2009. Volcanic lightning occurs when electrical charge builds up inside ash plumes close to the ground, creating one of the most awesomely horrific sights in nature. ๐ŸŒ‹ ๐Ÿ“ท: Francisco Negroni #Volcanoes #Lightning #ScienceAlert


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;D :D


Pretty much us after we eat lunch, too. ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ“ท: HappyPsych0/Imgur #Lizards #Animals #ScienceAlert

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Our hero:


When you and your mates leave the lab to start a rockband. ๐Ÿ“ท: The Science Explorer #science #sciencealert

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๐Ÿ˜ฎ Amazing ๐Ÿ“ท: Laurence Murphy #ocean #blue #beautiful #science #sciencealert

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What a shot! (And before digital cameras took off...):


You got this!


Seems legit. ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿ“ท: babaBC #science #sciencealert #funny

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We want to go:

Owl puns FTW:

So shiny:

Four beautiful seasons:

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Happy Holidays, everyone!

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