2013 is only a day away and there is so much to look forward to! We’ve found some exciting facts and events that make 2013 special.

2013 is the 13th year of the 3rd millennium and the 21st century. It’s also the 4th decade in the 2010s.

2013 is the first year since 1987 that will be composed of four different digits.

It’s also made up of four sequential digits (though out of order). This hasn’t happened since 1432!

Several astronomers are confident we’ll find a planet the same size as Earth and can support life this year. In other words, our planet’s twin!

On January 3rd be prepared for a celestial treat. The Quadrantids Meteor Shower will be at its peak around midnight. You might be able to see up to 40 meteors an hour during this shower. Find a place with as little light pollution as possible to enjoy this cosmic wonder.

In July Croatia is expected to join the European Union. It will be the first country to enter the union alone.

The Little Mermaid will make its debut in 3D in September. It’ll be the perfect movie night with the little ones!

On November 17-18 the Leonids Meteor Shower will occur. This is considered one of the best meteor showers to see because of how many meteors you can observe. The last time this occurred was in 2001.

NASA plans to send a space probe to Venus this year.

India plans to launch its first Mars mission later this year.

As the year starts we’ll find more reasons to be excited for 2013!