December 31 – And So It Begins

Today’s factismal: The New Year will be filled with amazing science news!

This past year was amazing but next year will be even better. It will be filled with new discoveries and old favorites, new opportunities and old reliables, new improvements and old projects. Here are just a few of the things we can expect to see (numbers and dates are approximate):

Astronomy
January 4: Quarantids Meteor Shower
February 8: Centaurids Meteor Shower
March 9: Total solar eclipse
March 14: Normids Meteor Shower
March 23: Penumbral lunar eclipse
May 5: Aquariids Meteor Shower
May 8: Lyrids Meteor Shower
June 27: Bootids Meteor Shower
July 28: Austrinids Meteor Shower
July 30: Aquariids Meteor Shower
July 30: Capricornids Meteor Shower
August 12: Perseids Meteor Shower
August 31: Aurigids Meteor Shower
September 1: Annular solar eclipse
September 9: Perseids Meteor Shower
September 16: Penumbral lunar eclipse
September 27 Sextanids Meteor Shower
October 10: Taurids Meteor Shower
October 11: Aurigids Meteor Shower
November 28: Orionids Meteor Shower
December 2: Pheonicids Meteor Shower
December 7: Puppid-Velids Meteor Shower
December 22: Ursids Meteor Shower

High Energy Physics
New results from the Large Hadron Collider
New observations of Cosmic Background Microwave radiation

Biology
100 New species discovered
10 species go extinct

Geology
1,500,000 earthquakes
50 volcanic eruptions

Space
July: Juno probe arrives at Jupiter
October: ExoMars probe arrives at Mars

And the best thing about all of these things is that most of them offer you an opportunity to join in on the fun. Just stay tuned and I’ll post new citizen science activities throughout the year.

See you soon!

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