New Year is going to be extra special for sky gazers, as they will have many opportunities in 2016 to see meteors, four of the five bright planets and by the end of the first month of the year, all five planets will be present across the predawn sky.
In the morning hours of January 4, the Quadrantid meteor shower will peak in the early morning hours with 40 meteors or more passing the sky per hour in dark conditions. In mid-January, the moon, Venus and Saturn will appear alongside each other in the southeastern predawn sky.
Then next month is also full of surprises. From January 20 to February 20, all the five planets will be visible through naked eyes. Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn will be present in the morning sky. It will happen after 2005 that all the five planets will be visible.
On March 8, Jupiter, the second-brightest of the visible planets, will be the brightest. Using binoculars, you could also be able to see its four largest moons and a telescope may reveal other details like its Great Red Spot.
On the next day, March 9, a total solar eclipse will take place in Hawaii and across the Pacific Ocean to Indonesia. The moon will pass through the edge of Earth's shadow before sunrise on March 23. Closest super new moon will take place on April 7. On April 22, full moon will take place.
There will be chances that you could see Mercury on April 18 after sunset above the western horizon. On May 6, two great activities are going to take place- the Eta Aquarid meteor shower's peak and a new moon.
On June 3, Saturn would be at its brightest and even using a small telescope, one would be able to see its rings. On June 20 at 6:35 pm, the summer solstice comes. Perseid meteor shower’s peak is expected of August 12 into the morning of August 13. On August 27, Venus and Jupiter will be present in the western sky after the sunset with Mercury nearby.
On September 1, annual solar eclipse would be visible in Africa. On September 22, the autumnal equinox will start. In October, there will be two annual meteor showers- the Draconids and the Orionids. Full Beaver Moon, the year’s biggest and brightest supermoon will take place on November 14.
December’s "super" full moon, known as the Long Nights Moon, will coincide with the Geminid meteor shower.
Baltimoresun reported that, Skywatchers will have many opportunities in 2016 to see just how small we are in the universe. Four days into the new year, hundreds of meteors will dance across the night skies. By February, early mornings will offer a view of Earth's five closest neighbors, appearing as tiny lights in the predawn darkness. In May, a transit of Mercury across the sun will show the dramatic contrast between the solar system's smallest planet and the star at its center.
wdio report said, The new year opens with four of the five bright planets in the morning sky. By the end of January, all five will be strung across the predawn firmament.
The month starts with Venus blazing away in the southeast an hour before dawn. Dimmer Saturn is to the lower left, and Antares, the bright red heart of Scorpius, smolders to the lower right of the ringed planet. Both quickly climb past Venus. Look on the 6th and 7th for a lovely lineup of Venus, Saturn, and a waning moon, and also on the 9th, when Saturn appears less than a moon’s width from the brilliant planet.
In a statement provided to Space, weather permitting, the planets Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Saturn will be visible stretching across the dawn sky right along the ecliptic (the invisible line that the sun follows across the sky).
The ecliptic is something of an illusion, since the sun does not really move along it. Instead, the Earth moves in its orbit around the sun, and observers note that the stars appear to move behind the sun. The moon also closely follows the path of the ecliptic, but ranges above and below it because the moon’s orbit is tilted 5 degrees to the plane of the ecliptic.