Monday, January 9, 2012

Top 10 What's Happening in 2012

Astronomically speaking, January 9th will be the first full moon of the year, followed by February 7, March 8, April 6, May 6, June 4, July 3, August 2, August 31, September 30, October 29, November 30 and December 28.

If you are star struck, meteor showers, weather permitting are scheduled for January 3,4 Quadradtids. The skies were clear, but the early morning was cold in the Northeast United States. I only lasted about 10 minutes outside and I saw nary a one.  I hope to catch, Lyrids April 21-22, Eta Aquarids, May 5-6, Southern Delta Aquarids, July 28-29, Persids, August 12-13, Orionids, October 21-22, Leonids, November 17-18 and finally Geminids, December 13-14.  Best advice: Be patient and just keep looking up!  Google it!

 The 1st Winter Youth Olympics will be held in Innsbruck, Austria, 13 to 22 January, 2012. Viel Glück an alle. The Medals Plaza and Music Festival will be take place at Maria Theresian StraBe.
Maria Theresa Street Innsbruck, Austria

This year, 2012 is a leap year.  A leap year occurs every four years most of the time.  One day, February 29th is added to the calendar.  Depending on your perspective, it could be a long year or you have been granted an extra day to get it right. A year that is not a leap year is called a common year, so this one is special. Leap year is a human invention to keep the calendar on track with the seasons. A person born on February 29th is known as a leapling or leaper.  There are a few folk traditions that women may propose marriage on leap years, Sadie Hawkins day is unofficially February 29th.

Relax fellows this one is married.  You are safe!

Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea the next World's Fair (Korean: 2012 여수세계박람회) is an International Exposition recognized by the Bureau of International Expositions (BIE) to be held in Yeosu, South Korea from May 12 to August 12, 2012. The theme of the Expo is “The Living Ocean and Coast” with subthemes of “Preservation and Sustainable Development of the Ocean and Coast,” “New Resources Technology,” and “Creative Marine Activities.” The Yeosu Expo is anticipating participation of more than 100 countries and international organizations, and 8 million visitors.

The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II will be a forth coming international celebration.  It will mark the 60th Anniversary of  the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the throne. The official celebration will take place over June 2, 3, 4, and 5. More information is available at

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad or "London 2012 Olympic Games", are scheduled to take place in London, England, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012. London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948. More information is available at

Queens Gate an entrance to Hyde Park. This venue will host the triathlon and the 10 km open water swimming events. The park is also planning on holding the 2012 Iron Man competition.

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mission with the aim to land and operate a rover named Curiosity on the surface of Mars. Currently in transit to Mars, it was launched November 26, 2011 and is scheduled to land on Mars at Gale Crater on August 6, 2012 (about 10pm in the evening of August 5 PDT, the time used by the mission controllers in Pasadena, California).  You can follow with Curiosity on Twitter.

The United States presidential election of 2012 is the next United States presidential election, to be held on Tuesday, November 6, 2012. It will be the 57th quadrennial presidential election in which presidential electors, who will actually elect the President and the Vice President of the United States on December 17, 2012, will be chosen. Barack Obama, who is eligible for a second and final term as President, has announced that he will seek nomination to be the Democratic Party's candidate in this election.  The Republican candidate is yet to be decided.  Originally, 10 candidates were vying for the position, to date there are 6 interested candidates. Third Party and independent candidates can be viewed at the United_States_third_party_and_independent_presidential_candidates,_2012 wikipedia link.

The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of  beliefs according to which cataclysmic or transformative events will occur on December 21, 2012. NASA addresses 2012: Beginning of the End or Why the World Won't End? You can follow the link. A New Age interpretation of this transition is that this date marks the start of time in which Earth and its inhabitants may undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, and that 2012 may mark the beginning of a new era. Personally, I like the sounds of door number 2 "the new age" where Earth's inhabitants will undergo a positive physical or spiritual transformation, they both sound good.

Things are looking up!

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