The Alignment of Jupiter And Saturn Will Create The First ‘Christmas Star’ In Almost 800 Years

3This kind of conjunction might have been occurring from even before the birth of Christ

According to Shanahan- “One possibility is that these two planets did join together in 7 B.C. about a year before the earliest possible time of the birth of Jesus, so that it could’ve been a conjunction of the two planets. If the wise men were, as we think, in fact astrologers, that could’ve been a thing they saw in 7 B.C and said- Oh, there’s a big event happening, let’s go to Bethlehem and check it out”.

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This kind of conjunction might have been occurring from even before the birth of Christ

This kind of conjunction might have been occurring from even before the birth of Christ

2This planetary alignment is an exceptionally rare occurrence

Patrick Hartigan, a Rice University astronomer explained why this particular conjunction happens to be one exceptionally rare one: “Alignments between these two planets are rather rare, occurring once every twenty years or so, but this conjunction is exceptionally rare because of how close the planets will appear to one another. 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”. Besides him, there are many astronomers who have stated that the Jupiter and Saturn will align in such a way which hasn’t been seen since the Middle Ages.

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This planetary alignment is an exceptionally rare occurrence

This planetary alignment is an exceptionally rare occurrence

1The 2 planets will be separated by less than the width of a full moon

The movement of both Jupiter and Saturn towards their gradual alignment has been underway since the summertime. They are set to reach their optimum between December 16th and Christmas Day. By the time the two planets reach their peak to form the ‘great conjunction, they will only be separated by less than the width of a full moon. “On the evening of closest approach on December 21st, they will look like a double planet, separated by only 1/5th the diameter of the full moon”, professor Hartigan added.

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The 2 planets will be separated by less than the width of a full moon

The 2 planets will be separated by less than the width of a full moon

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