We have the solar system under surveillance and, without a doubt, it is paid. The cameras unfolded on Earth and in space captured an amazing crazy video, ranging from meteorites that exploded in the atmosphere, to a Tesla car that came out on Mars, to weather events aliens on giant gas planets.
Follow below to see our most watched videos of 2018. And if that is not enough with space views, do not miss out on 100 of the best 2018 spatial photos here.
1) Super Blue Blood Moon Eclipse of 2018
This year saw a special extra lunar eclipse that coincided with a Blue Moon: the second full moon in a single month. Combined with a close approach between Earth and the Moon, this meant that the lunar eclipse of January 31 was a spectacular sight for millions of observers in North America. Although many US audiences were overcast, you can see in the video here that many people still saw the incredible sky view. The next total lunar eclipse in North America will occur on January 21, 2019.
2) SpaceX Starman in space
No word can describe the surprise of the first rocket launch of Falcon Heavy by SpaceX, which on February 6 burned a Tesla Roadster (complete with a dummy called "Starman") in low Earth orbit. In the short term, the right dummy for the driving astronaut was on the way to the Martian orbit, producing a sequence of stunning shots that can be seen in a short video.
The launch of Falcon Heavy met with the most important goals, with the two reinforcement rockets that were played safely for future releases; The main main stage, unfortunately, did not hit the landing.
3) The release of Soyuz fails
An American astronaut and a Russian cosmonaut had a surprising mountain trip on the 11th of October, when a sensor deformed on his Soyuz rocket failed on the way to the # 39; space, as you can see in this video of launching. In a few minutes, a routine flight became an abortion, but the spacecraft Soyuz (the spacecraft has the same name as the rocket) performed perfectly and parachuting the two members of the crew of the Expedition 57 back to Earth.
A few weeks later, officials from the Russian space launched a rocket reinforcement view that showed what happened during the flight. The engineers addressed the issue and Expedition 58 made an impeccable launch of Kazakhstan on December 3.
4) The Chinese space station falls to Earth
The Tiangong-1 space laboratory in China was safely burned to the Pacific Ocean on April 16, generating interest from satellite observers throughout the world. Today's high tech radar systems can trace inbound space objects with great precision, allowing planners to predict better where the new space station will fall. Prediction is a challenge, however, because where an object falls depends on the nature of the Earth's atmosphere, how the object falls and what is the object.
5) 4 supernovars at one time!
In several star destruction thieves, you can see stars of various types that are with their final disappearance in this fantastic video of NASA. The data, based on NASA's Kepler Space Telescope (which was left without fuel at the end of this year), also showed a new type of star explosion different from any other supernova that has never been organized. The venerable telescope saw the energy of a star stuck in a layer of gas and dust, making most of the kinetic energy in a bright flash of light .
6) Cyclones to Jupiter
Although Jupiter's radiation environment makes it a difficult destination for astronauts, Juno's specially shielded spacecraft provided an incredible vision that allows us to "fly" through the massive planet's poles. The swirls below are huge polar cyclones, ranging from 2,500 to 2,900 miles (4,000 to 4,600 kilometers), almost twice the equivalent length of the United States. Making the view even fresher, before Juno, we just knew what was happening to Jupiter's dust. This causes Juno to be a valuable asset to better predict the weather patterns of the gas giant.
7) Asteroids and fireballs!
It has been a spectacular year for heavenly spectacles, with many flybys of asteroids and meteorites exploding captured in the camera's viewfinder. (A meteor is an object that enters the Earth's atmosphere, while an asteroid is a space rock.) In April, a newly discovered space rock traveled between Earth and the Moon; While the steering wheel was harmless, astronomers reminded us that it was similar to the object that exploded on Tunguska, Russia more than 100 years ago, flattening the forest.
Also in 2018, two separate meteorite fireballs exploded in Michigan and Australia; While they were small and did not cause damage, the events aroused an intense interest in astronomy and potential meteorites in these areas.
8) Mars Moons View from the orbit
A beautiful video that came back from Mars in February appeared to show the dark Phobos and Deimos dancing in the dark, but the real story is a smarter illusion. NASA's Mars Odyssey took several images for a period of time of 17 seconds, and the visible motion is due to changes in the view of the THYSIS camera (Thermal emission image system of Odyssey). While we were fascinated by the images, THEMIS took pictures in the thermal infrared wavelength: a common light band to learn the nature of the composition of an object better.
9) Auroras to Saturn!
There is no longer a spacecraft in Saturn since Cassini died in 2017, but the Hubble Space Telescope made surprising observations of its perch to the Earth's orbit. The venerable observatory captured the ultraviolet auroras that surrounded the North Pole during and after the summer solstice in this region. The ultimate goal is to better understand how these auroras change over time. The Earth also has auroras, when the particles of the sun interact with the oxygen and nitrogen in our atmosphere, but in Saturn their gas molecules are mostly hydrogen.
10) Rovers in an asteroid!
In scenes that look like a futuristic video game, the Japanese spacecraft Hayabusa2 unfolded the jumping rovers in the asteroid Ryugu in September. The weak gravity of the small world allowed them to bounce and move easily enough, offering a valuable preview of the asteroid pebbles and the composition of the regolito. In 2019, Hayabusa2 should start its own touchdown to collect a valuable asteroid pulse; Then there will be a bold return to Earth, where scientists will analyze their precious burden.
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