Mother Nature Welcoming New Year with Amazing Meteor Shower

Mother Nature Welcoming New Year with Amazing Meteor Shower

Not only humans are welcoming New Year’s eve, our mother nature too is celebrating the New Year and welcoming 2016. Do you gain interest in watching planets and stars? If yes, then 2016 Year is bringing something special for them. It has been reported that hundreds of meteors will dance across the night sky on the New Year ’s Eve. Early mornings will offer a view of Earth's five closest neighbors, appearing as tiny lights in the predawn darkness in the month of February. 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. Then, there will be spectacular shooting stars, super moons, and lunar eclipses to take in. In the month of September, an outer ring of the sun's annular eclipse will be visible across Africa.

On Thursday during dawn time, Dec. 31, the four brightest planets outline the ecliptic, the path followed by the sun and moon. The moon visits each in turn over the next week. Skywatchers will get the chance to see spectacular display by the moon and the four brightest planets in the sky, in a fitting celestial welcome to the New Year during early morning times. Scientists have speculated that the planets like Jupiter, Mars, Venus and Saturn will be visible stretching across the dawn sky right along the ecliptic if the weather remained clear. 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.

On December 31st, the moon is slightly south of the ecliptic while Jupiter is slightly north of the ecliptic, so the moon passes 1.5 degrees below Jupiter. Three days later, on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 3, the moon is slightly above the ecliptic and passes 1.5 degrees north of Mars, which is also north of the ecliptic. Three days after that, on the morning of Wednesday, Jan. 6, the shrinking crescent moon is approaching Venus and Saturn. A day later, and it has passed them, but still forms a very close grouping with the two planets. On the morning of Jan. 9, Venus and Saturn will be particularly close, and will fit within the field of a small telescope.

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