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Is the rare ‘Christmas Star’ visible this December the Star of Bethlehem?
Did some research.
The “Great Conjunction” of Jupiter and Saturn taking place this month — dubbed the “Christmas Star” — is a pretty sight, but it is impossible to know for sure if it has any connection to the Star of Bethlehem, a Vatican astronomer said.
On Dec. 21, the planets Jupiter and Saturn will appear a tenth of a degree apart in the night sky, something called a “Great Conjunction.”
This conjunction happens approximately every 20 years, but this year the two planets will appear the closest they have been in almost 400 years. To the naked eye, they will look like one, bright star, thus earning the nickname the “Christmas Star.”
Did some further research, learned that at least 1 Astronomer states the “Great Conjunction.” last happened 794 Years Ago.
‘Star Of Wonder’ - The Christmas Star: Back Again In 2020?
You may be reading or hearing about the “Christmas Star” making an appearance just before Christmas this year, on December 21st. The event, astronomically speaking, is the conjunction of two mega-planets Jupiter and Saturn. To the naked eye, the two will appear virtually as one, a very noticeable bright beam cutting through the night sky. In reality, the two planets are some 400,000,000 miles apart, but their alignment in our sky makes them look only 0.1 degree apart. Even now, the two distant planets appear to be approaching each other closer and closer each night.
The last time this particular conjunction took place, and was so remarkable to people on earth, was in the year 1226!
The "Christmas Star" as seen from Big River, CA Dec 21, 2020 (1 of 2)
The "Christmas Star" as seen from Big River, CA Dec 21, 2020 (2 of 2)
The "Christmas Star" as seen from Big River, CA Dec 22, 2020 (1 of 2)
The "Christmas Star" as seen from Big River, CA Dec 22, 2020 (2 of 2)
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