The Universe is a truly magical place, and you don’t even have to go to space to realize that. You might think you know everything that goes on around you, but that’s simply not true. Check out the microscopic universe, with all kinds of treasures and monsters in it. These are all images as seen through a microscope, at a scale that you couldn’t see any other way.

A wood ant, with a microchip held in its mandibles

Ant

A micro-crack in steel

Steel

Butterfly eggs placed on a raspberry plant

butterfly

The E.coli bacteria on lettuce

e-coli

Household dust

Household-dust

A combination of long hair, cat fur, wool fibres, insect remains, synthetic fibres and pollen grain.

Needle and thread

Needle