Science image of the day

00:34, Dec 03 2012
Paradise Riflebird
DECEMBER 2: A male paradise riflebird (Ptiloris paradoseus) practices the circular-wing post used by adult males when courting a female. Photo part of National Geographic's 'Birds of Paradise' exhibit.
Raggiana bird
DECEMEBER 3: Courtship poses of the Raggiana bird of paradise (Paradisaea raggiana) accent the long, red flank plumes. Photo part of National Geographic's 'Birds of Paradise' exhibit.
SLS model
DECEMBER 4: NASA's Space Launch System buffet model in NASA's Langley Researcher Center's Transonic Dynamics Tunnel. The SLS is intended to be America's next heavy-lift launch vehicle that will provide an entirely new capability for science and human exploration beyond Earth's orbit.
Cormorant
DECEMBER 5: A cormorant bird photographed in Antarctica.
Aurora
DECEMBER 10: A shower of auroras seems to be pouring down onto the South Pole Telescope (SPT) at Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station. The SPT is designed to study the Cosmic Microwave background. It is used to help in the field of dark matter.
Nobel Banquet
DECEMBER 12: Nobel laureates and guests are seated in the Blue Hall in Stockholm attending this year's Nobel Banquet.
North Korea rocket launch
DECEMBER 14: A video grab from North Korea media service KCNA shows the Milky Way 3 rocket at take-off on its mission to launch a satellite into space.
Star Nursery
DECEMBER 17: Hubble image of a globular cluster formed about three million years ago in the nearby galaxy M33.
Mount Lokon
DECEMBER 18: Mount Lokon spews volcanic ash in an eruption in Indonesia's North Sulawesi province. It has erupted 800 times since July and this week's event saw hot lava and volcanic ash launched as high as 3000m.
Musca Nebula NGC5189
DECEMBER 19: Universe full of amazing lighting displays, with this one, of nebula NGC5189, also called Musca, resembling a Christmas bauble with a golden ribbon. Image taken with Hubble Space Telescope.
Gun Magnet
DECEMBER 20: Confiscated weapons hang from a magnet before being destroyed at a foundry in Santiago. Their destruction was part of a government arms control programme.

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