If you are an astronomy enthusiast, then you should definitely not miss watching sky events that will take place in 2017. Perhaps, you might have witnessed many eye-striking astronomical shows till date, but I am sure 2017 is gonna be the most remembered year for the much-anticipated sky events.
All the sky-watchers, get ready for a ride that will offer you a plethora of treats to look forward to in the coming months. Besides the spectacular sight, the New Year would also bring picturesque views of icy comets, amazing eclipse, and other celestial wonders.
So, let's see what's up in the night sky for 2K17.
An icy comet will swing by Earth in the first half of the February. Comet 45P/Honda-Markos-Pajdusakova will be moving back to the solar system. Hence, the sky watchers will get a chance to see its appearance, tending to zip across the constellations, Aquila and Hercules. On Feb 11, it will reach its closest point to Earth.
In an annual eclipse, the dark outline of the moon will become smaller than the disk of the sun, covering and changing the sun into a ring of light (or 'ring of fire') for just 44 seconds. The eclipse path will begin over the South Pacific Ocean, crossing South America and ending in Africa. So, only lucky watchers will get to see this ring on Feb 26.
After sunset, the stargazers will get to see the neat celestial triangle including the crescent moon, Mercury, and Mars. In addition to the lovely display, the thing that makes this event worth watching for is the Mercury, which will be at its brightest and highest in the skies.
April will be extra special as the largest planet will make a pairing with the full moon. Yes, Jupiter and moon will be seen rising together in the east just after sun sets in the west.
2K17 is gonna be stunning for the watchers in North America as the sun will undergo the impressive celestial disappearing event, seen there since 1979. In August, a complete solar eclipse will be seen crossing the United States from coast to coast. Hence, if you missed this one, you'll have to wait until 2024 for the next solar eclipse.
The bright planets of the solar system Venus and Jupiter will be having super close encounter in the skies on Nov 13. Since the event will take place low to the horizon, the planets will be fighting the glare of the dawn twilight and will offer a spectacular view to the binocular holders.
The annual Geminid meteor shower will reach its peak activity on Dec 13 for the sky-watchers in America. The best time to watch for meteors will be around 2 am local time when Gemini will stand directly overhead. And this could prove to be one of the best meteor showers till date.