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January 3-4, 2017 (4 weeks from now):

meteor shower

The Quadrantid meteor shower is one of the strongest annual meteor showers. It will peak on January 4, 2017.


In July 2017 (7 months from now):

spacex will test dragon 2

No American spacecraft has carried astronauts since 2011. SpaceX developed the Dragon 2 to shuttle astronauts to the International Space Station.

In July 2017, SpaceX will test the SpX-DM1 (Dragon 2) shuttle. If all goes well, it will shuttle NASA astronauts to the ISS later in the year.

More: Wikipedia | SpaceX


On August 21, 2017 (8 months from now):

total solar eclipse

The moon will block out the sun for parts of the United States. (See full map.) The last time a total solar eclipse was visible from this much of the United States was in 1918.

The eclipse will occur August 21, 2017 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. ET.


On September 15, 2017 (9 months from now):

cassini will crash into saturn

In order to protect Saturn's moons from potential biological contamination, Cassini will be intentionally crashed (or drowned, depending on how you look at it) into Saturn on September 15, 2017.

More: Wikipedia | NASA/JPL


On December 3, 2017 (12 months from now):

supermoon

A supermoon occurs when the full moon and the moons closest approach to earth coincide. This will be the biggest, brightest moon all year.


July 2018 (2 years from now):

hayabusa 2 will arrive at the asteroid ryugu

In December 2014, Japanese space agency, JAXA, launched Hayabusa 2 toward the asteroid named Ryugu.

Upon arrival, Hayabusa 2 will study the asteroid for a year and a half and return to the earth with samples in December 2020.

More: Wikipedia | JAXA


August 2018 (2 years from now):

osiris-rex will arrive at the asteroid bennu

OSIRIS-REx was launched in 2016, will flyby Earth for a gravity assist in 2017, then land on an asteroid in 2018.

OSIRIS-REx is expected to return to the earth with samples from 101955 Bennu in 2023.

More: Wikipedia | Mission site | NASA


On January 1, 2019 (2 years from now):

new horizons will arrive at KBO 2014 MU69

New Horizons (the probe that took our best ever photos of Pluto) is still going strong. It will pass Kuiper Belt Object 2014 MU69 at the start of 2019.

More: Wikipedia | NASA



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