The Alignment of Jupiter And Saturn Will Create The First ‘Christmas Star’ In Almost 800 Years
This December, Christmas will be illuminated with a rare occurrence. If you are wondering what it could be, then look to the sky. Yes, you guessed it, it’s the same Christmas miracle which lit up the manger in which Jesus Christ was born and which led the three wise men to him. It is the famous first “Christmas star” that will be seen once again after almost 800 years. This will only be possible because of the planetary alignment of Jupiter and Saturn.
What makes this even better is that you will be able to see this from the comfort of your own home. This rare spectacle of when Jupiter and Saturn align to create the Christmas Star is something you wouldn’t want to miss.
10Get ready to see something spectacular
Look up to the sky after sunset to watch as two worlds align to form the epic Christmas Star. You might have already witnessed the crescent moon passing Jupiter and Saturn this week. Later in December you will be noticing something of a much larger magnitude.
The solar system’s two largest planets will be really close to each other, and on the 21st of December, which also happens to be the date of the December solstice, the two planets will appear to collide. Once they do, they can be seen as one bright point of light in the sky.
9Jupiter and Saturn will look like a “double planet”
For the first time since the Middle Ages, Jupiter and Saturn will once again look like a “double planet” when they align on the 21st of December. On this date in December, the two planets will only be just a tenth of a degree apart. The two giant planets along with their moons will be visible in the same field of view through binoculars or a small telescope.
Saturn will be very close to Jupiter, just like some of Jupiter’s moons. This event is also known as the ‘great conjunction’ which occurs every 20 years this century as the orbits of Jupiter, Saturn and Earth, periodically align. This will make the two outer giant planets appear close together in the nighttime sky.
8Where to look to be able to see this phenomenal sight in the sky
This December keep a lookout, not for Santa Claus but, for the dazzling Christmas Star. Look towards the southwest at sunset because for the next 2 weeks, the planets are going to get closer and closer to each other. Finally, on the 21st of December they will align and then will appear to swap position and move apart.