From This Small and Drifting Planet

By Kelley Christensen | Published

NASA's InSight lander touched down on Mars this Monday. To honor explorers (and robots) going boldly where no one has gone before, we share favorite 2018 Astronomy Picture of the Day images.

The Astronomy Picture of the Day website is viewed by 700,000 people every day and is known for showcasing the latest research and astronomical curiosities. The website content is daily translated into more than 20 languages.

We asked Robert “Bob” Nemiroff, Michigan Technological University professor of astronomy and astrophysics, and co-creator of the Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) website to curate his favorite, most impactful photos from 2018.

Together with Jerry Bonnell, APOD co-creator, a fellow astrophysicist and staff scientist at the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory Science Support Center at NASA Goddard working on the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope team, Nemiroff tracks down and posts images that endeavor to inspire a spirit of curiosity and open the eyes of viewers to the myriad opportunities to take a voyage through space via photography.

APOD's corresponding social media platforms reach more than 1.3 million followers, popularizing science and inspiring a love of astronomy. Enjoy the view from this small and drifting planet. 

All images used with written consent by their copyright holders. Click on the thumbnails to see the full images and learn more about each photo.

Astronomy Picture of the Day

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 54 countries. Founded in 1885, the University offers more than 120 undergraduate and graduate degree programs in science and technology, engineering, forestry, business and economics, health professions, humanities, mathematics, and social sciences. Our campus in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula overlooks the Keweenaw Waterway and is just a few miles from Lake Superior.