A quick look at upcoming celestial events

A quick look at upcoming celestial events

The New Year will begin with an eye-catching conjunction of the waxing crescent Moon and the glittering planet Venus on Jan. 1, astronomers have predicted.

According to a statement released by NASA astronomers, the exquisite pairing of Moon and Venus will be seen just after sunset in the southwestern sky.

On January 2nd, Moon and Venus will be back for an encore, but this time our natural satellite will have shifted between Mars and Venus. One will be able to watch the planets of war and love sticking close together all through the month of January.

At the end of the month, on January 31st, the Moon will come back around to snuggle up to the planets of war and love once more.

On February 11th, there will be a penumbral lunar eclipse when the Moon will enter the Earth’s lighter shadow. However, it will not be as eye-catching total solar eclipse that will take place on August 21, 2017.

On Sunday evening, New Year’s Day, the crescent moon is 3 degrees to the right (north) of Venus. This beautiful combination will be a good start to 2017, which promises to be a very good year, astronomically speaking.

Before all those celestial events, sky watchers will be able to see an extremely young moon. On Dec. 29th, the Sun will set at 5:28 p.m. and the moon will set at 6:12, creating a slim window for people to see an extremely young moon.

A report published by USA Today informed, "On Aug. 21, the Moon will completely block the sun, and best of all, this can be witnessed in the United States, from sea to shining sea. We have not had a total solar eclipse in the mainland U.S. since 1979."