Starfish, sharks and space-telescope selfie — February’s best science images

Oil spill. A marine biologist close to the island of Koh Samet in Thailand assesses a coral reef for indicators of injury after a damaged pipeline close by leaked a whole lot of hundreds of litres of crude oil into the ocean. Authorities feared the spill would wash ashore and have an effect on vacationer seashores, however later mentioned that efforts to disperse and divert the oil had been profitable. The clean-up operation is ongoing.

Mirror selfie. The James Webb House Telescope took its first selfie in early February. The telescope used a particular lens inside its near-infrared digicam (NIRCam) to seize an image of the segments of its personal major mirror. It isn’t taking selfies only for enjoyable — this characteristic helps to verify mirror alignment. The brilliant section is pointing at a star, and the others usually are not in the identical alignment.