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2016 - A Year To Look Forward To

Real Space

The first item of interest in the new year is comet Catalina, which should be viewable at the very start of the year, i.e. literally 1st of January. The Comet can be located going from Centaurus, through Virgo and then finally in Bootes where it will be visibly near Arcturus, the brightest star in Bootes. If you`re hoping for a 1997 Hale-Bopp bright comet, you might be disappointed.

On March 8/9th, there will be a Total Solar eclipse that can be seen by Sumatra, Borneo, Sulawesi and from locations in the Pacific ocean. A partial eclipse will affect people in India, North Western Australia, Japan and Alaska.

All the Meteor Showers will appear as expected starting with the Quadrantids in the constellation of Bootes. None are expected to produce out of the ordinary heavy showers this year sadly, they should all perform as usual.

Fictional Space

The first big "space" film will feature alien Clark Kent as he faces competition from Bruce Wayne - Batman in the first Justice League film. The film sees the two iconic DC Comic characters beat each other up until they decide its unwinnable and decide to work together to defeat a bigger enemy, rumoured to be Doomsday. Too much information in trailers these days.

After having been shunted and moved because of Star Wars - The Force Awakens, the film of the MMORPG World of Warcraft finally gets a release in June of the year. It should be noted that this film is based primarily on the earlier Warcraft game, the RTS Strategy and not the MMORPG game which currently has five million users. Warcraft is currently the only paid subscription based game of its type. It has been hemorrhaging over the years as the producers Blizzard Entertainment seemingly getting disinterested when you look at the fact that the amount of content you get per expansion is getting less and less all the time. The new expansion, simply named Legion is due to come out some time before 21st September, most likely to coincide with the release of the new expansion.

We will see the new Star Trek film, simply called Star Trek Beyond and this time we get to see Capt. James Tiberius Kirk face a new alien threat and finally leave this solar system for adventure futher afield. Yes, they did go to other worlds in the previous two reboot films, but they both ended up coming back to Earth so lets hope they don`t make the same mistake. The director has changed, its now Justin Lin of Fast and Furious fam instead of the previous J.J. Abrams. The new film was co-written by Simon Pegg who plays Lt. Cmdr. Montgomery Scotty Scott, the ships engineer but I doubt the adventure will focus on him.

One year on from the release of Force Awakens, come a standalone film to the Star Wars franchise called Star Wars - Rogue One. Its not so much a standalone but a prequel to Star Wars IV - A New Hope so you could say it was Episode 3.9 because it is set immediately before the events of Episode 4. The story focuses on totally new characters on the Rebel Alliance side plus also appearances from Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin. The lead antagonist is expected to be Tarkin with C.G.I. doing the "acting" for Tarkin who played him sadly passed away.

As a parting shot, I saw this that popped up on my facebook and thought it quite appropriate.

Happy New Year from Captain Jean-Luc Picard





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