It’s been another eventful year.
From Israel’s bombardment of Gaza after the Hamas attacks on 7 October, to the continuation of the war in Ukraine and several natural disasters, the world hasn’t felt particularly stable.
As if the scale of these events wasn’t clear enough, many of them have also been captured from space.
We’ve picked out some of the most striking images – and don’t worry, they’re not all bad news.
Russia’s bombardment of Ukraine
This picture was taken above the snow-covered towns of Soledar and Bakhmut in eastern Ukraine on 10 January, showing bomb craters scattered across the area – including around a destroyed school.
Palestinians forced to flee
Civilians in Gaza have been warned by Israel throughout its war with Hamas to evacuate to avoid bombs, and this image from 17 November shows a huge crowd gathered along Salah al Deen Road in the north, trying to flee south.
Turkey splintered by earthquake
A 7.8-magnitude earthquake devastated parts of Turkey and Syria on 6 February. This shot from the following day shows the fault line rupture across a field in the town of Altinuzum – cutting off a corner of a building.
Iceberg on the loose
The world’s largest iceberg, called A23a, escaped from the Filchner-Ronne ice shelf in West Antarctica in 1986, and four decades later is being driven from the Weddel Sea and expected to end up in the South Atlantic. This ESA satellite picture was snapped on 26 November.
On a lighter but appropriately wintry note, this wonderfully picturesque scene is from an international ice and snow sculpture festival in Harbin, China, snapped on 3 January.
Need for speed
Australia hosted its biannual Avalon Airshow this year, and Maxar caught the moment South Korea‘s Black Eagles team soared together on 5 March.
Pretty in pink
Of the many reasons to visit Japan, the country’s cherry blossom season is right up there. This beautiful picture of Takada Castle was taken on 3 April.
Search for Titan
On 23 June, the day after the search for the Titan sub ended with fragments being found on the ocean floor, Maxar captured this picture of three ships involved in the operation.
Ciaran batters UK
Britain makes the list thanks to this NASA shot of Storm Ciaran, which brought 85mph winds and flooding to southern England and wreaked havoc on the Channel Islands.
This sinister image is a nighttime picture of Hawaii from 7 June, showing lava flowing after the eruption of the island’s incredibly active Kilauea volcano.
Wildfires tore across the Greek islands of Rhodes and Corfu during the summer months. This infrared 24 July image shows one burning near Gennadi on Rhodes, with burned vegetation shaded in black.
Florida was hit by Hurricane Idalia during the summer, which left hundreds of thousands of homes without power and some completely submerged. This image shows it engulfing the state on 30 August.
North Korea’s military might
The 75th anniversary of the Korean People’s Army was marked with a parade in Pyongyang on 9 September, with thousands assembling in Kim II Sung Square as missile launches went on display.
Conflict in Sudan
Sudan has been gripped by a violent power struggle this year after fighting between rival factions of the country’s military broke out in the spring. This image from 17 April shows destroyed planes at Khartoum’s main airport.
SpaceX’s biggest launch
Elon Musk‘s SpaceX twice tried to launch Starship, the world’s most powerful rocket, this year, but didn’t get far on either occasion. This 17 November image is from before the second attempt in south Texas.
Autumn in Quebec
We’ll end on a prettier note (and a contender to become your new desktop wallpaper) with this glorious snap of autumn in Canada‘s Quebec province – specifically Lac-Nilgaut – on 27 September.
The world can still be rather beautiful.