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14 Awesome Instagrams All Science Buffs Should Follow

These science-y Instagrams are the perfect thing to add new life to your feed. 

1. Scott Kelly 

During his State of the Union address, President Obama told Captain Scott Kelly to Instagram his trip to space—so Kelly has been doing just that. The astronaut has been snapping some gorgeous pictures from the ISS. Thanks Obama! 

2. Bipolaire61

If you love penguins and palm trees, then this is the account for you. 

3. Georgia Aquarium 

This Atlanta-based institution has the largest aquarium in the western hemisphere (they have whale sharks!). Follow them for a healthy dose of sharks, beluga whales, and more penguins. 

4. Science Museum

The London Science Museum provides snapshots of all their exhibits and updates on what’s new. Even if you can’t visit, the account will help you get there in spirit.

5.  Popular Science 

PopSci’s Instagram account gives followers a behind-the-scenes look at what it’s like to work for the publication.

6. The Bronx Zoo

Follow the Bronx Zoo for stunning animal pictures and updates on what’s happening at the zoo. And of course, more penguin photos.  

7. NASA Goddard

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center houses the United States’ largest organization of scientists, engineers, and technologists. Their Instagram features a ton of amazing shots of space and things that will go there in the future.

8. Liberty Science Center   

The New Jersey science museum posts pictures of their exhibits and visitors interacting with them. Occasionally, they’ll even share a sneak peek of what’s coming soon.

9. U.S. Geological Survey 

The USGS showcases the beauty of earth science with this spectacular Instagram. Follow them for animals, landscapes, and scientist selfies. 

10. My Public Lands 

The Bureau of Land Management oversees over 245 million acres of land, so you know they have some really incredible photographs up their sleeve. 

11. Bill Nye

Follow the star of Bill Nye the Science Guy as he goes on talk shows, attends science fairs, and mingles with celebrities.

12.  Bureau of Reclamation 

While an Instagram about dams might not seem interesting, the account is chock full of amazing photos. 

13. David Doubilet 

Doubilet is a photographer for National Geographic, so his account is a treasure trove of fantastic underwater photographs. 

14. American Museum of Natural History 

AMNH’s official page features pictures of the exhibits, animals, and museumgoers. It’s hard to look through them and not immediately plan a trip to visit.

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