Hi there – my name is Charles and I’m an avid astronomer. I’ve got an amazing Orion 09007 SpaceProbe 130ST Equatorial Reflector telescope, and really love being outside and exploring the sky. I have some friends that are getting interested, and wanted to know more, so I thought I would direct them to this blog, with the hopes of helping them learn more, as well as anyone else that comes across my articles!
One of the questions that has come up is, “what are some of the notable astronomy events of this year (2016)”? If you’re an amateur astronomer or even just someone who likes to look at stars every now and again, then it is highly important to keep on top and aware of what the most fascinating astronomy events of each year are. There are a number of different astronomical events that you can experience, some with a telescope and some without any sort of telescope. One of the most common astronomical events that happens pretty frequently is a meteor shower. To see most meteor showers, you will have to be in a place with very low levels of light pollution, so you can not simply just watch them from your backyard.
Because of this, you will have to make plans a couple days in advance. Another popular kind of astronomical event to observe is a comet passing by the Earth, as some comets may only pass by the Earth once every couple of hundred years, so it is a rare opportunity to be able to see one. You will usually need a telescope for this unless they are passing very close to the Earth for one reason or another as sometimes happens.