The strangest sights in the universe could be right in front of you — if you could only see at a small enough scale. The microscopic universe is full of beautiful and terrifying sights, including monsters and treasures. Check out some of the greatest microscopy images of all time.
Top image: A wood ant holding a microchip in its mandibles, via DSLRimagery.
Butterfly eggs on a raspberry plant
A micro-crack in steel
With cat fur, long hair, twisted synthetic and woolen fibres, a pollen grain and insect remains.
Needle and thread
E.coli bacteria on lettuce
(via AgriLife Today)
Beard hairs under a scanning electron microscope: cut with razor (left) and electric shaver (right)
A moth wing
Head of an embryonic Zebrafish with 500x magnification
(via FEI Company)
This picture shows the aftermath of fayalite reacting with gaseous CO2 to form siderite, thereby capturing the CO2 in a solid, stable form.
A piece of dentine with dentinal tubules from human tooth, after demineralization using etching with 37% phosphoric acid for 15 seconds and 10% sodium hypochlorite for 1 minute.
(via FEI Company)
Shark skin (left) and a foot of a fly (right)
The head of a maggot of a bluebottle fly
A high-chromium, nickel-based alloy
Its surface was chemically etched to reveal faceted crystallographic planes at regions of localized microstructural damage.
A mite, magnified about 850x
(via Wikimedia Commons)
Leaf of a Virginia spiderwort
The green chloropasts in the plant cells
Spherical spores produced by the fungus Emericella nidulans are coated in a thin layer of the protein hydrophobic. Hydrophobin ensures that water rolls off the spores.
A bacterium living on the diatom of an amphipod
Leg of a Gecko
A Marine Worm, 58x magnification
A bud of a sand dollar (or sea cookie) with 4348x magnification
Abdomen of a mosquito
(via Matt the monkey)