On December 14th, Electoral College members will formally cast their votes based on their states’ certified results, which will finally resolve the contested election in favor of Joe Biden, as all 50 states have now certified their results, projecting Biden as the winner.
Coincidentally, the 14th of December will also be a very interesting day for the planet and our corner of the solar system.
On that same day, the world will experience a meteor shower, a comet, and a total eclipse of the sun.
The meteor shower will be the largest and most impressive that has been seen in years, according to some experts.
This is not unusual, it actually happens every year.
— CBC Canadian News (@CBCCanada) December 11, 2020
NASA reports the Geminid meteor shower occurs between Dec. 4 to Dec. 17 every year, with the best nights for viewing on Dec. 13 and Dec. 14.
NASA reports that the peak will happen the night of Dec. 13 into the morning of Dec. 14. Those viewing from the Northern Hemisphere should have a good view all night, with a peak around 2 am on Sunday.
Observers can expect to see close to 60 meteors per hour, according to NASA.
A few hours after the meteor shower strikes, we will see a rare total eclipse of the Sun.
In South America, both will be most visible. Viewers will be able to see the meteor shower along with the Sun’s corona.
The Dec. 14 total solar eclipse will begin in the Pacific Ocean. Then it will make landfall near Saavedra, Chile, and first appear as a partial solar eclipse at 11:38 a.m. local time (9:38 a.m. EST; 1428 GMT), according to a NASA fact sheet.
The moon will begin to completely block the sun in Saavedra at 1 p.m. local time (11 a.m. EST; 1600 GMT) and the totality will last for 2 minutes, 4 seconds. Closer to the center of the path of totality, eclipse viewers will see up to 2 minutes, 10 seconds of totality.
To make this date even stranger, December 14, 2020, is exactly halfway between two “Great American Eclipses,” which are also very rare events.
Don’t forget about the comet, which was discovered earlier this year by astronomer Nicolas Erasmus, while working at the South African Astronomical Observatory. The Comet is known as C/2020 S3 (Erasmus).
Then a week later, Jupiter and Saturn will appear closer together from the planet Earth than they have in hundreds of years. The conjunction will appear in the sky just after sunset on the evening of Dec. 21, according to researchers.
— (2021 A1 Leonard News) Epic Comet (@epic_comet) December 7, 2020
Since the summer, the two planets have been approaching one another more closely than in many generations, From Dec. 16-25, the two will be separated by less than the diameter of a full moon.
Unfortunately, due to the current global situation, curiosity seekers will not be able to travel to the best possible viewing spots, and most of us will be stuck trying to get the best view from our homes.
In order to be fully transparent about my trip to Chile for #Eclipse2020, here is my negative Covid-19 PCR test, completed yesterday.
On the right, my itinerary is visible. Note the extreme adjustments made to keep abreast of evolving health guidance.
Public safety is priority. pic.twitter.com/rcPAunT56o
— Matthew Cappucci (@MatthewCappucci) December 9, 2020