Christmas Star will Light Up Sky for the First Time in 800 Years


Later this month we will get the chance to witness something not seen in almost 800 years.

Around December 21st, during the winter solstice, Jupiter and Saturn will line up to create what is known as the “Christmas Star” or the “Star of Bethlehem.”

In an interview with Forbes, Patrick Hartigan, an astronomer at Rice University says these two planets haven’t appeared that close together from since the Middle Ages.

“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. 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.”

And as if that wasn't exciting enough, something like this won’t happen again until 2080.


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