Rare ‘Christmas Star’ will light up the sky on winter solstice

NASA officials say this “great conjunction” won’t be seen again until 2080

You can see Saturn and Jupiter nearly align on Dec. 21, forming what appears to be a Christmas star.  (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech)
You can see Saturn and Jupiter nearly align on Dec. 21, forming what appears to be a Christmas star. (Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech) (NASA/JPL-Caltech)

From KSAT.com:

As Christmas nears, astronomers are urging citizens to look to the sky in a few weeks to witness something not seen in almost 800 years.

From Earth’s viewpoint, Jupiter and Saturn are getting very close to one another and will look like a double planet when they appear to nearly collide on Dec. 21 — the date of the winter solstice — forming a rare phenomenon known as a “Christmas star.”

“Alignments between these two planets are rather rare, occurring once every 20 years or so, but this conjunction is exceptionally rare because of how close the planets will appear to be to one another,” Patrick Hartigan, an astronomer at Rice University, told Forbes.

Forbes reported that Jupiter and Saturn will look like a “double planet” for the first time since the Middle Ages.

“You’d have to go all the way back to just before dawn on March 4, 1226, to see a closer alignment between these objects visible in the night sky,” Hartigan told Forbes.

You’ll be able to witness the event in the sky through binoculars or a small telescope, according to NASA.

Both Jupiter and Saturn have been traveling across the sky together all year and during the first three weeks of December, the planets will continue to move closer after each sunset, NASA officials said.

On Dec. 21, the planets will appear just a tenth of a degree apart, which is equivalent to the thickness of a dime held at arm’s length, according to NASA.

This happens every 20 years this century; however, NASA officials said this event is “the greatest great conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn” and won’t happen again until the year 2080.

In astronomical terms, conjunction is when two objects line up in the sky.

Some astronomers believe that the “star of Bethlehem” was a conjunction between Jupiter, Saturn and Mars.

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8 Responses to Rare ‘Christmas Star’ will light up the sky on winter solstice

  1. carlos10101 says:

    Reblogged this on Carlos Carrasco and commented:
    Considering the dismal year that is 2020, seeing this conjunction will be something like Samwise Gamgee spotting the star of Earendil in Mordor.

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  2. carlos10101 says:

    Considering the dismal year that is 2020, seeing this conjunction will feel like Samwise Gamgee spotting the star of Earendil in the skies over Mordor.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Mary Anne says:

    How could this conjunction of beauty be the same as the star of Bethlehem? It couldn’t. How could “a star in the East” travel from South, where Jerusalem is located to East where Bethlehem is located? How could it then stop over the stable? from the conversation.com

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  4. Alex Antunes says:

    Mary Anne, I agree with you. The star of Bethlehem was a supernatural phenomenon. Now something has come to my mind, I don’t know if it is true. But the star of Bethlehem could have been something produced by an angel or several angels. I would like to know what the mystics think of it.

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  5. Alex Antunes says:

    Interesting these signs in the sky. They are natural phenomena, but they can be signs of something else. I would like to know what these events in the sky can mean for the world and society. I hope I’m not being superstitious.

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  6. Mary Salmond says:

    Thanks! We will watch for it!

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  7. Astrology is based on such occultist phenomenon and superstitions all of it is to be avoided and means nothing other than being repetitive worldly events of the material realm. The Holy Spirit is where we can find Truth brought to anyone who seeks it from God the Father though Jesus Christ; not from the stars.
    I had to point this out on another pseudo religion mindset bloggers spiel!

    No grasshopper not God and the Universe! God and Jesus Christ who are one in the same! Not the Universe; the universe is only material and ending or falling away as “Holy Scriptures” have told we humans for ages. The blind leading the blind! No one or nothing can lay claim to what Jesus said and did. Foolish modern man with its designer world and designer religions! Missed the boat and the Truth; being defiant, rebellious and wrong! Transgression just like Lucifer’s; who was Cast Out! The fallen with the falling away Universe or “material world;” which is the realm of the Fallen One the Prince of Darkness! Your choice is simple; so much so that even a fool knows. The Truth is self-evident and the signs are too. All the Glory is His; He the Father, Son and Holy Ghost which are in heaven. Amen.

    Jesus answered, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me. John 14:6
    Brother in Christ Jesus,
    Lawrence Morra III

    Reblogged at lawrencemorra.com Zero Lift-Off; just in case someone else can be made aware of this.

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  8. Mary Salmond says:

    This alignment is just a stellar phenomenon, not proof of the Star of Bethlehem or the birth of Jesus.
    NASA does this; this is their job, to look at the anomalies of the universe. The key word is “some scientists”, especially since only a small percentage support climate change, etc. Scientist can’t agree on a lot of anomalies, this is no different.


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