Haha! I survived another rotation around the Sun!
I put some thought into whether to continue the daily events and trivia posts. There are enough people following, but my concern was that I would just be rehashing the same stuff as last year.
So, in an effort to make this year’s calendar entries more interesting, I will include highlights of days that caught my attention and maybe some blog happenings. The content will also include a number of various religious events. Let me know what you think of the changes.
Remembering what trivia you have and have not used is pretty hard, so please forgive me if I offer daily trivia that I have used before.
Today’s events include:
Bloody Mary Day – Commitment Day – Copyright Law Day – Euro Day – Japanese New Year – Jump-Up Day – New Year’s Day – Polar Bear Swim Day – Public Domain Day – Quadrantids – Triumph of the Revolution – World Day of Peace – Z Day
This relates to the first meteor shower of every new year. In 2016, the viewing window is relatively short. Peak time recommendations suggest 8:00 Universal Time on January 4th, favouring northerly latitudes in America. (Australia will be in daylight at this peak time).
Most meteor showers are named for the constellation from which they appear to radiate. But the Quadrantids’ constellation no longer exists after the Internaitonal Astronomical Union in 1922 devised a list of 88 modern constellations that excluded the name Quadrantids.
The radiant point for the Quadrantids (the spot you should be watching) is now considered to be at the northern tip of Bootes, near the Big Dipper.
Daily Trivia: Due to the melting Arctic Ice, Polar and Grizzly Bears are mating. Their hybrid offspring are known as pizzlies.