A New Year Brings Big Space Events, Mark Your Calendar!

With a new year comes new possibilities.  Perhaps not everything will go as planned, but the universe around you will keep marching ahead as it always does.  The year started off with an astronomical event that was hard to miss; the first full moon of the year fell on January 1st, 2018.  Best part, it was a supermoon. If you missed it, not to worry, there are many more big events in the year ahead.

The New York Times, with the help of technology, has created an easy way to set reminders for the significant events that are coming up in 2018.  Just click here to add them to your Google calendar, or here for a mobile device.

January kicked off with a supermoon that illuminated skies in areas with minimal cloud coverage.  If you missed out on the 1st, be sure to set your reminder for January 31st when you will get another chance to check it out.  The second full moon in the same calendar month is known as a blue moon, and this one is even more special and rare as it is a lunar eclipse.  This is something you don’t want to miss if you are in western North America or across located across the Pacific Ocean or Eastern Asia, where it will be visible.

Just a few days into the new year, the first meteor shower will make its way across the night’s sky.  Always a special skywatching event, January 3rd marks the peak of the Quadrantid meteor shower.  If you live in a city centre, you might want to plan a trip to the country for special events like this.  When you have these events on your calendar, you can prepare for it better.

While many spectacular occurrences will happen throughout the year out in space, here on Earth, there will be some amazing events too.  March 31st, 2018 is the deadline for Google’s Lunar X prize.  This is an exciting opportunity as different teams compete to show off their skills to send the first lunar spacecraft to the moon that will be privately funded.  There is also a grand prize of $20million up for grabs.  Originally, the deadline for Google’s Lunar X was for the actual land on the moon but later changed the date.  Though space missions require precision, flexibility of timelines is important too.

Are you ready to get started on a year that is out of this world?  Mark your calendar with a little help from technology and learn more about what’s to come via the New York Times.

Make sure to set your calendar, and get a good start for the year in space. Before signing up, you can read about all of the events via the New York Times.

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