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It’s already mid-year! Can you believe it?

It’s already mid-year! Can you believe it?

The 2nd of July marked the official mid point in the year. That’s half of 2017 gone by already, how fast was that!

Lets have a look at some interesting facts about 2017 :

The U.N. has designated 2017 as the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. The initiative aims to educate people how international tourism helps understand different cultures and the heritage of other civilizations. The U.N. believes that this help tourists appreciate other countries and thereby aid strengthening of world peace while the life of locals will improve through economic development.

2017 is the 2017th year of the Common Era (CE) and Anno Domini (AD). It is also the 17th year of the 3rd millennium, the 17th year of the 21st century, and the 8th year of the 2010s decade.

A total solar eclipse will take place on Aug. 21, 2017. It will be visible for the first time in the contiguous U.S. in nearly four decades, the last time being on Feb. 26, 1979. The 2017 eclipse will be the first with a path of totality crossing the country's Pacific coast and Atlantic coast since 1918. The maximum duration of totality will be around 2 minutes and 41.6 seconds.

According to the Chinese calendar, 2017 is the Year of the Rooster. China celebrated its New Year on Jan. 28, 2017. The lucky colors for the year are gold, brown and yellow, while lucky numbers are 5, 7 and 8.

An exoplanet is a planet that orbits a star outside of our solar system. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will launch in December 2017 and aims to survey stars near Earth for transiting exoplanets over a period of two years. TESS is a planned space telescope under NASA's Explorers program.

President-elect Donald Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the U.S. on Jan. 20, marking the start of his four-year term. He replaced the Barack Obama.