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22 Of The Most Extraordinary Science Photos Of 2017

Including two gas giants, the northern lights, and a baby squid off the coast of Scotland.

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"Surface tension": The intermolecular forces of water keep this safety pin afloat, and the water acts as a distorted mirror, in this featured image from the Royal Photographic Society's International Images for Science competition.

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A juvenile bobtail squid on the bottom of the sea floor off the west coast of Scotland,1,400 metres below the surface. A review by British scientists this year revealed just how little we know about life in the deep ocean.

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Jupiter, photographed from below by the spaceship Juno, which arrived there this year after a five-year journey. To scientists' surprise, it was shown that the bands of cloud break up at the pole into swirls and chaos.

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A grey whale approaches a tourist to be petted in Laguna San Ignacio, off Baja California, Mexico. The whales are a source of tourism for the area. One of National Geographic's photos of the year.

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Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons, sets behind the planet. This is one of the last images taken by the Cassini spacecraft, which crashed into the gas giant to destroy itself in September after more than a decade of sending back wonderful images and surprising science.

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The egg of a Bombay bush frog in Amboli Maharashtra State, India. The fully developed froglet is visible inside the egg, which is about 5 millimetres across.

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"Lightning Eclipse from the Planet of the Goats" – clouds part during a thunderstorm to reveal a lunar eclipse on a Greek island, Ikaria, in an area known locally as the Planet of the Goats. This was one of NASA's Astronomy Pics of the Day from July.


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The northern lights over Jökulsárlón, a glacial lake on the edge of the Vatnajökull Glacier. One of the shortlisted images in the Royal Photographic Society's International Images for Science competition.


Tom Chivers is a science writer for BuzzFeed and is based in London.

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