As we prepare to welcome 2019 with the New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule, let's reflect back on some of the biggest stories of 2018.
2018 has been a whirlwind and, like so many people, here at the SETI Institute we can’t believe how quickly this year flew by. As we prepare to welcome 2019 with the New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule, the farthest object in the Solar System to be visited by a spacecraft, we wanted to take a moment to reflect back on some of the biggest stories of 2018.
In the past month alone, we’ve had field expedition reports from Nathalie Cabrol, who was in the Chilean Altiplano, and Dale Andersen, who has been in Antarctica; recounts of the experiences of the Airborne Astronomy Ambassadors on their SOFIA flight week; results of observations of ‘Oumuamua at the Allen Telescope Array; news about a performance by Felipe Pérez Santiago, the most recent SETI Artist-in-Residence; and a video about Laurance Doyle’s work with humpback whales to look for patterns in animal communication.
Without further ado, here are the top ten stories of 2018 from the SETI Institute:
We don’t know what 2019 will bring, but we’re sure it will be out of this world!