Happy New Year to all! To mark the first day of 2012 here is a view of the quarter Moon as it appeared in the early evening twilight on January 1, 2012.
The coming year promises to be a superb one for stargazing with:
• a wonderful evening appearance of Venus in March and April, including a rare passage through the Pleiades star cluster on April 3
• an array of 5 planets in the evening sky in March
• a partial eclipse of the Sun May 20 (annular if you travel to the SW United States)
• a partial eclipse of the Moon June 4 (at dawn for western North America)
• an amazingly rare transit of Venus on June 5 (North American time)
• a fine year for the Perseid meteors August 12/13
• a daytime occultation of Venus on August 13 (for North America)
• a total eclipse of the Sun from Australia and the South Pacific
• a host of fine Moon and planet conjunctions throughout the year
• and no doubt some fine displays of Northern Lights as the Sun picks up in activity toward its predicted 2013 maximum.
So there should be lots to shoot and blog about in 2012. In 2011, since I started this blog in February, my Amazing Sky blog has served up 103 posts and 14,000 image views, seen by people on 6 continents — I have yet to break into Antarctica! Perhaps in 2012.
Clear skies to all!
— Alan, January 1, 2012 / Image © 2012 by Alan Dyer