Next year holds a lot of celestial surprises including a total solar eclipse. Scientists announce that there will be many remarkable astronomical events in 2017. In 2017, we will witness the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse. This will be the first in the last 38 years. What is more, on August 21, the shadow of the moon will shed on skies, covering a broad path of approximately 70 miles including 12 states, starting with Oregon up until South California.
- In 2017, we will witness a total solar eclipse.
- The whole year is full of spectacular astronomical events.
- Saturn will be up in the sky, offering a fantastic view.
We will experience a partial solar eclipse because the Tri-State region and Western Pennsylvania are not located in the path of the total solar eclipse. Specialists argue that those who are passionate about stargazing and observing planets, this year they will be granted the great chance to observe Saturn. The ringed planet will be visible, offering a fantastic view.
The pale-yellow planet will shine the brightest since its last apparition back in 2002 when it also displayed its spectacular rings which are angled wide open. At the beginning of the year, Saturn will be situated in the eastern sky, being visible at dawn. In the evening sky, the ringed celestial object will reach its peak of brightness. The massive planet will go into opposition, reaching its closest point to Terra on June 15.
When it comes to Jupiter, scientists inform us at the beginning of 2017, Jupiter will be visible in the morning sky, being extremely close to Spica. In mid-Mar, the giant will appear in the evening sky, and it will remain there until April 7 when it will go into opposition. Another spectacular celestial object, Venus will start the year being located high in the western evening sky, near to Mars. Mars will reach its highest level of brightness in February.
After that, in mid-March, it will slowly move below the western horizon. In April, Venus will appear in the sky as a morning star. In late March, but also in July, Mercury will be issued in the evening sky, offering stargazers a fantastic view. The most striking morning sky appearance of Mercury will be in January and September.
At the beginning of the year, Mars will occur in the southwestern evening sky, slowly dimming until it will eventually vanish out of the sky in May.
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