CALIFORNIA — If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to spend more time outside with your family and friends, or just get out there more yourself, the skies above California offer hours of enchantment that’s not only fun but a practical science lesson about the cosmos.
To start your resolution off right, note that astronomers are buzzing about the Quadrantid meteor shower that peaks Jan. 3-4. This colorful blue meteor shower with a limited window for viewing typically produces about 40 shooting stars an hour, but there could be as many as 100 an hour in the 2020 show.
In addition to meteor showers, full moons and supermoons — there are four of them in 2020 — Jupiter and Saturn will appear as one planet in a spectacular and rare conjunction in December. If you haven’t spent a summer night gazing into the heavens, you haven’t been doing summer right; fortunately, the planets show themselves throughout the summer.
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