A day ago, the Earth completed yet another revolution about our parent star, the Sun. Our planet has made the trip about four and a half billion times, but we humans always feel like celebrating the fact that the old planet finished another round. Hey, that's a good enough reason for me, too. So here's a glass to the new year!
Many news outlets this time of year rank the top news stories of the previous year and/or predict the top stories of the coming year. I won't bore you with restrospection; partly because I am sick of it myself, and partly because that would involve me having to actually work to remind myself what happened in astronomy over the past year. and if I could predict the future to tell you about this year's upcoming discoveries, you can bet I'd be on E*Trade making millions on the stock market.
Instead, I will wish everyone a prosperous and joyous New Year. And now, back to the stars!