The 100 Best Space Photos of 2018!

The Harvest Moon

José Zarcos Palma

The full Harvest Moon rises over a windmill power plant near Mertola, Portugal, in this photo taken by José Zarcos Palma on Sept. 24 2018.

Geminid Fireball

Jeff Berkes/Instagram/Facebook

A Geminid fireball blazes through the sky above a campfire at Assateague Island National Seashore in Maryland during the Geminid meteor shower. Astrophotographer Jeff Berkes snapped this photo on Dec. 14, 2018, at 2:30 a.m. local time.

It's Raining Meteors!

Sergio Garcia Rill

Geminid meteors rain down on Lake Corpus Christi State Park in Mathis, Texas, in this stacked image captured by astrophotographer Sergio Garcia Rill on Dec. 14, 2018.

The Crescent and Soap Bubble Nebulas

Ron Brecher

What looks like a giant brain swimming through space is the Crescent Nebula, or NGC 6888, an emission nebula located 5,000 light-years away from Earth in the constellation Cygnus. In the lower left is the less-obvious Soap Bubble Nebula, a perfectly round shape that is barely visible against the red glow of the interstellar dust and gas.

Fireball over Belgium

Courtesy of Uwe Reichert

While photographing the conjunction of the moon on Venus on June 16, 2018, astrophotographer Uwe Reichert captured this birhgt-green fireball meteor as it fell from space and exploded in Earth's atmosphere over Belgium.

Milky Way over Portugal

Miguel Claro

A panoramic view captured by Miguel Claro from the village of Campinho in Portugal's Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve shows the arc of the Milky Way as seen during a spring night in the Northern Hemisphere. The scene also includes Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. [Full Story: Behold, the Milky Way! Our Galaxy Glitters in This Spectacular Photo]

A Crescent Moon

Miguel Claro

The waning crescent moon rises at dawn against a beautiful blue twilight and behind a pink band of clouds in this photo captured by astrophotographer Miguel Claro in Portugal's Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve. [Full Story: Pink Clouds Adorn Crescent Moon in Gorgeous Photo

The Lagoon Nebula

Ron Brecher/Terry Hancock/Grand Mesa Observatory

Astrophotographers Ron Brecher and Terry Hancock collaborated on this deep-space image of the Lagoon Nebula. Catalogued as Messier 8, this nebula is located about 4,100 light-years from Earth in the constellation of Sagittarius.

Comet 46P/Wirtanen

Josh Walawender/W.M. Keck Observatory

Comet 64P/Wirtanen's flyby in late 2018 coincided with the annual Geminid meteor shower, visible here in a time-lapse view.

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Hanneke Weitering
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Hanneke Weitering is a multimedia journalist in the Pacific Northwest reporting on the future of aviation at and Aviation International News and was previously the Editor for Spaceflight and Astronomy news here at As an editor with over 10 years of experience in science journalism she has previously written for Scholastic Classroom Magazines, MedPage Today and The Joint Institute for Computational Sciences at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. After studying physics at the University of Tennessee in her hometown of Knoxville, she earned her graduate degree in Science, Health and Environmental Reporting (SHERP) from New York University. Hanneke joined the team in 2016 as a staff writer and producer, covering topics including spaceflight and astronomy. She currently lives in Seattle, home of the Space Needle, with her cat and two snakes. In her spare time, Hanneke enjoys exploring the Rocky Mountains, basking in nature and looking for dark skies to gaze at the cosmos.