The worldwide pandemic known as COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, has had a large impact on everyone’s daily lives. With all the talk of disease comes fear and stress of not knowing what is coming next. Despite everything revolving around talk of the coronavirus, there are countless other events and discoveries happening that are exciting and life-changing.
Throughout April of 2020, peaking on April 22, the Lyrids meteor shower will be shooting across the sky by the constellation Lyra. Watching the shower is the perfect time to get a break from being cooped up inside and enjoy an amazing experience.
Moving towards the end of April, there will be an asteroid between 1.1 and 2.5 miles wide that will fly right by the Earth. According to NASA, it is not expected to collide and will be the largest asteroid to fly by the Earth in the next couple of months.
New discoveries have also been made such as a new fossil, preserved in amber, that was found in Myanmar in March of 2020. According to National Geographic, the skull found measures 1.5 centimeters from the back of the head to its beak. For scale, that is about the width of a thumbnail.
Another exciting accomplishment is that the second person was officially cured of HIV in the UK. The patient, Adam Castillejo, has been virus free for over two years after finishing antiretroviral therapy about two and a half years ago following his initial surgery.
In the American Cancer Society’s 2020 annual report, information was released saying cancer death rates have also been decreasing and have dropped 29 percent from 1991 to 2017. This also included a 2.2 percent decline from 2016 to 2017.
Finally, some better news coming from the coronavirus. Satellite images given by NASA and others show a decrease in air pollution in China since the outbreak of the virus. This surprised many scientists and many are hopeful that this realization will be addressed in order to make changes for the future.
Remember in this time of chaos, there are still good things to happen and you can still make a difference. Make use of your time to make your mark on the world, but be sure to stay safe and stay home!