Stingless bees, red sprites and Jupiter in stunning detail | The best images in science this week
The most eye-catching images in science from around the world.
This week, NASA prepares to launch Artemis I into orbit. This is the first uncrewed test mission of the new space launch system, and will hopefully pave the way for a Moon visit by 2025. The hope is that future missions might even land people on Mars.
A continuing theme this week has been the many droughts recorded around the world. Rivers have dried up in China and North America, as well as much of Europe and the UK.
Meanwhile, the James Webb Space Telescope has found definitive evidence of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere of a gas giant planet orbiting a Sun-like star 700 light-years away. This amazing discovery is another demonstration of the power of this new telescope.
Red sky at night
Jupiter in all of its glory
- The first images released by the James Webb Space Telescope
- James Webb Space Telescope's new images show Jupiter in amazing detail
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- The incredible Sturgeon supermoon in pictures
Train of thought
Lettuce through your door
No sting in the tail
James Cutmore is the picture editor of BBC Science Focus Magazine, researching striking images for the magazine and on the website. He is also has a passion for taking his own photographs