- Science and nature provide some of the most compelling photography subjects, both on and off Earth.
- The staff of Business Insider and Insider rounded up some of our favorite pictures from 2018.
- The images we picked show elephants under threat, hurricanes from space, individual atoms, face transplants, spacecraft selfies, and more.
Reporters and editors at Business Insider and Insider see, analyze, and write about thousands of stunning science and nature photos every year.
Some pictures tell stories and reveal truths stronger than words could, occasionally inspiring enough minds or wrenching enough hearts to change the course of history. Other images hide amazing secrets that beg to be shown, explained, and demystified.
The best images force us to reconsider how we think the world works and looks (and are also visually arresting, of course). Such shots often show a feat or a discovery, but they can also underscore the scope and reality of ongoing or looming disasters.
As we speed toward the New Year, we rounded up some of our favorite photos of 2018. Take a look.
Scientists discovered a new type of aurora earlier this year. They named it STEVE, an acronym for Strong Thermal Emission Velocity Enhancement.
This aurora appears much closer to the equator than the northern lights, or aurora borealis.
Amateur sky-watchers first observed the strange lights in Southern Canada three years ago. They later collaborated with NASA, and the group’s findings were published in March.
Each year, the UK’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council puts on a science photography competition. This year’s winner was a stunning photo of a single positively charged atom of strontium.
The photo shows a glow of light emitted by an atom that’s trapped by magnetic fields and laser light. It was taken by David Nadlinger from the University of Oxford.
While you can’t see anything atomic-sized without incredibly advanced imaging techniques, digital cameras can capture the photons (or particles of light) that are absorbed and re-emitted by atoms.
Photographers also documented devastating natural disasters throughout 2018. In the fall, astronauts in space managed to take pictures of the fearsome hurricanes that battered the US East Coast.
"Watch out, America!" Gerst said in a tweet featuring the pictures he took.
The 2018 Atlantic hurricane season was above-average in terms of damage, causing more than $33 billion in losses, due in part to torrential rainfall. Florence was one of two major (Category 4 or above) storms that made landfall in the US; the other was Hurricane Michael.
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