The 100 Best Space Photos of 2018!

Soyuz MS-11 Launch Seen from Space

Alexander Gerst/ESA/NASA/Twitter

As a Soyuz rocket launched three Expedition 58 crewmembers to the International Space Station on Dec. 3, 2018, European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst snapped this photo of the launch from on board the orbiting laboratory. This was the first crewed Soyuz mission to launch since the aborted Soyuz MS-10 launch in October. [Full Story: These Astronaut Photos of a Soyuz Launch from Space Are Just Incredible!

Perseid Meteor Shower

Sergio Garcia Rill

Plenty of meteors — including some fireballs — are visible over Sprague Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park in this photo by astrophotographer Sergio Garcia Rill. He captured these meteors during the peak of the Perseid meteor shower on Aug. 12, 2018. [The Dazzling Perseid Meteor Shower of 2018 in Photos]

Perseid Meteor Shower

Sergio Garcia Rill

A Perseid fireball streaks across the star-speckled sky over Sprague Lake in Colorado's Rocky Mountain National Park in this image by astrophotographer Sergio Garcia Rill. [The Dazzling Perseid Meteor Shower of 2018 in Photos]

Total Lunar Eclipse

Robbie Pesiwarissa

The bright planet Mars twinkles near the "blood moon" above Sydney, Australia, in this photo by Robbie Pesiwarissa. [Amazing Photos: The 'Blood Moon' Eclipse and Mars Opposition of July 27, 2018]

The 'Blood Moon' and Mars

Amirreza Kamkar/@amirrezakamkar

Astrophotographer Amirreza Kamkar captured this photo of Mars and the total lunar eclipse over Tehran, Iran, on July 27, 2018. [Amazing Photos: The 'Blood Moon' Eclipse and Mars Opposition of July 27, 2018]

Comet C/2016 R2

Chris Schur/

Astrophotographer Chris Chur captured this view of comet C/2016 R2 (PANSTARRS). Interstellar dust from comets could help us to better understand how the solar system formed.

A Perseid Fireball

Stojan Stojanovski

Astrophotographer Stojan Stojanovski captured this photo of a fireball during the Perseid meteor shower in August 2018.

Astronaut's View of a Lunar Eclipse

Oleg Artemyev/Roscosmos/Twitter

Having nearly disappeared in the darkness of Earth's shadow during the total lunar eclipse on July 27, 2018, the moon looms above Earth's blue atmosphere in this photo by Russian cosmonaut Oleg Artemyev. [Amazing Photos: The 'Blood Moon' Eclipse and Mars Opposition of July 27, 2018]

Meteor and Jupiter Light Up the Night Sky Over a Glistening Lagoon

Miguel Claro

A single-exposure image by astrophotographer Miguel Claro shows a bright meteor and the planet Jupiter shining above a small lagoon in Alandroal, Portugal, located in the northern part of the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve.

The Andromeda Galaxy

Miguel Claro

The arms and core of the Andromeda Galaxy glow among a sea of multicolored stars in this deep-space photo captured from the Cumeada Observatory at the Dark Sky Alqueva Reserve in Reguengos de Monsaraz, Portugal. [Full Story: Andromeda Galaxy Twinkles in a Colorful Sea of Stars (Photo)]

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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.