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Calendar: Discovery

Dec 19, 2016

January

3: One of the year's best meteor showers, the Quadrantids, appears, visible to skygazers in the northern hemisphere.

5--8: The latest electronics and tech gadgets are unveiled at CES in Las Vegas.

13: Nintendo reveals more about its new offering Switch, a video-game console that doubles as a handheld gaming gadget.

28: The highly anticipated sequel to the BBC nature documentary Planet Earth hits U.S. television screens.

February

1: Cardiovascular health is brought to the fore as doctors draw attention to American Heart Month.

16--20: Top researchers present game-changing science at the American Association for the Advancement of Science's annual meeting.

27: Tech fans descend on Barcelona for the Mobile World Congress, where smartphone companies reveal their latest wares.

TBD: Samsung is expected to unveil its next Android-powered iPhone rival.

March

10--19: Entrepreneurs, investors and tech fans gather in Austin for the annual SXSW festival, which is where companies like Twitter and Foursquare got their start.

20: Spring begins in the northern hemisphere; autumn begins in the south.

TBD: NASA astronaut Jack Fischer and Russian cosmonaut Fyodor Yurchikhin blast to the International Space Station.

TBD: The disappearing-photo app Snapchat is expected to become part of a publicly traded company in a hotly anticipated IPO.

TBD: Filmmakers show off their latest aerial shorts at the New York City Drone Film Festival.

TBD: SpaceX's three-engine Falcon Heavy rocket, designed to carry humans to the moon and beyond, is expected to have its maiden flight.

April

18--19: Facebook shows off its latest offerings, from virtual reality to drones, at its annual F8 conference.

22: Environmentalists across the globe celebrate the 47th Earth Day.

24--28: Some of the world's top thinkers share their genius at TED, which is in Vancouver this year.

28: Thousands of students flock to Washington to learn about space exploration, marine biology and other careers at the X-Stem Extreme Stem Symposium.

May

10--12: Windows fans get a peek at upcoming updates at the annual developer conference Microsoft Build.

28: Amateur photographers and tourists flock to New York City for Manhattanhenge (above), a phenomenon in which the sunset perfectly aligns with Manhattan's street grid.

TBD: The search giant unveils its latest software and gadgets at Google I/O.

TBD: U.S. language prodigies face off in the Scripps National Spelling Bee finals.

30: The world's most influential tech leaders gather in California to discuss the future of the industry at the Code Conference.

June

1: Dozens of new emojis are unveiled to help enliven your text-message game.

1: Hurricane season starts over the Atlantic Ocean.

13--15: Gamers of all stripes land in Los Angeles for E3, the year's top video-game convention.

15: Cellular roaming charges are abolished in the E.U., easing the costs that come with cross-border travel.

19--25: Boeing, Airbus and other aerospace firms show their latest jetliners at the International Paris Air Show, the world's foremost aviation gathering.

21: Summer begins in the northern hemisphere; winter begins in the south.

29: Happy birthday to you, iPhone. The Apple device turns 10.

July

22--30: Computer hackers from around the world gather in Las Vegas for the Black Hat and DEFCON digital-security conferences.

23--29: Green-thumbed researchers convene in Shenzhen, China, for the XIX International Botanical Congress.

28: For World Hepatitis Day, the World Health Organization urges people to get vaccinated.

August

14--16: Researchers share big ideas about little machines at Barcelona's Global Conference on Nanotechnology.

21: Stargazers flock to towns like Hopkinsville, Ky., for the best view of a rare total solar eclipse, one of the most spectacular shows in the sky.

22--26: Video-game makers try to one-up one another with their latest creations at Gamescom in Cologne, Germany.

September

1--6: Electronics companies from across the world gather in Berlin to flaunt their latest gizmos.

7: Apple is expected to unveil a radical new iPhone, rumored to have a curved screen design.

15: NASA's Cassini probe crashes into Saturn (on purpose) to protect its moons from earthly bacteria.

22: Autumn begins in the northern hemisphere; spring begins in the south.

27: The world's smartest teens compete for top honors in the Google Science Fair, a global online science showdown.

October

1: Global charities raise awareness--and cash--during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

TBD: British fighter pilot Andy Green (above) tries to break his own land-speed record in a rocket- and jet-powered vehicle called the Bloodhound SSC.

TBD: The Nobel Prizes in science are announced, recognizing the most significant advances in chemistry, physics and medicine.

TBD: Apple and Google are expected to launch new versions of their Mac and Android software.

November

13: Planet spotters find Venus and Jupiter just 0.3 degrees apart in the night sky, a rare gathering of the two bodies.

TBD: Competitive hopefuls in countless categories will vie for spots in Guinness World Records.

December

1: World AIDS Day raises awareness about HIV treatment and prevention, and highlights progress made around the world.

14: The Geminid meteor shower produces about 100 shooting stars an hour for those in the northern hemisphere; search for the constellation Gemini for the best view.

21: Winter begins in the northern hemisphere; summer begins in the south.

31: The earth's population is expected to top 7.4 billion for the first time.

TBD: Russian billionaire Yuri Milner's Breakthrough Prizes are awarded for advances in life sciences, physics and mathematics.

TBD: Microsoft releases Project Scorpio, its most powerful Xbox video-game console to date.

Compiled by Lisa Eadicicco

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