Events & Happenings 2012

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Events & Happenings 2012

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Events & Happenings 2012
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Asteroid 433 Eros will pass by Earth

433 Eros is a near-Earth asteroid discovered in 1898, and the first asteroid to be orbited by a probe(in 2000). On January 31, 2012, Eros will pass the Earth at 26,729,000 km; about 70 times the distance to the Moon.

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Asteroid 433 Eros will pass by Earth
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Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II on the throne

The Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II is the forthcoming international celebration in 2012 marking the 60th anniversary of the accession of Queen Elizabeth II to the thrones of seven countries, upon the death of her father, King George VI, on 6 February 1952. Queen Victoria in 1897 is thus far the only monarch in the histories of Britain, Canada, and a few other Commonwealth realms to have celebrated a Diamond Jubilee.

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Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II on the throne
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Annular solar eclipse

An annular solar eclipse will take place on May 20, 2012 with a magnitude of 0.9439. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. An annular solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun, causing the sun to look like an annulus (ring), blocking most of the Sun's light. The annular phase will be visible from the Chinese coast, the south of Japan, and the western part of the United States and Canada. It will be the first central eclipse of the 21st century in the continental USA.

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Annular solar eclipse
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2012 Summer Olympic Games

The 2012 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXX Olympiad or "London 2012 Olympic Games", are scheduled to take place in London, England, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012. London will become the first city to officially host the modern Olympic Games three times, having previously done so in 1908 and in 1948.

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2012 Summer Olympic Games
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Rover 'Curiosity' lands on the surface of Mars

The Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) is a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) mission with the aim to land and operate a rover named Curiosity on the surface of Mars. It was launched November 26, 2011, and is scheduled to land on Mars at Gale Crater at about 10pm in the evening of August 5, 2012 (the time used by the mission controllers in Pasadena, California).

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Rover 'Curiosity' lands on the surface of Mars
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Total solar eclipse

A total solar eclipse will take place on 13-14 November, 2012, with a magnitude of 1.0500. A solar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes between Earth and the Sun, thereby totally or partially obscuring the image of the Sun for a viewer on Earth. A total solar eclipse occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is larger than the Sun, blocking all direct sunlight, turning day into darkness. For this eclipse totality will be visible from northern Australia and the southern Pacific Ocean.

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Total solar eclipse
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The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar

The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar used by several Pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures, most notably the Maya marks the conclusion of a b'ak'tun on December 2012. B'ak'tun is a time period in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar which was used in Central America prior to the arrival of Europeans. The 2012 phenomenon comprises a range of beliefs according to which cataclysmic or trans formative events will occur on December 21, 2012.

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The Mesoamerican Long Count calendar
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35th National Games

35th National Games are scheduled to be held in Kerala on 12-12-2012. The Games is expected to be held in seven districts across the State of Kerala namely Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam, Alappuzha, Kochi, Thrissur, Kozhikode and Kannur.

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35th National Games
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The first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ends

The Kyoto Protocol is a protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC or FCCC), aimed at fighting global warming. The UNFCCC is an international environmental treaty with the goal of achieving the "stabilization of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere." The Protocol was initially adopted on 11 December 1997 in Kyoto, Japan, and entered into force on 16 February 2005. As of September 2011, 191 states have signed and ratified the protocol. Under the Protocol, 37 countries commit themselves to a reduction of four greenhouse gases (GHG) (carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, sulphur hexafluoride) and two groups of gases (hydrofluorocarbons and perfluorocarbons) produced by them.

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The first commitment period of the Kyoto Protocol ends
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