christmas star

  • An incredibly rare astronomical event is set to happen on the evening of December 21st, when Saturn and Jupiter will get really close in the sky.
  • The two planets will be so close from our point of view that they will appear as if they are a single point of light in the sky, known to some as the “Christmas Star.”
  • The last time the two planets lined up in such a way was in the year 1226, so it’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.

2020 hasn’t given us much reason to be happy about pretty much anything. A global pandemic, general social and political unrest, and lots of people suffering has left humanity recovering on multiple fronts. In a tiny bit of positive news, it looks like a particularly rare celestial event will give us all a reason to gaze skyward on December 21st, giving us a brief break from, well, everything else.

On that night, two of the largest planets in our solar system — Jupiter and Saturn — will be nice and close. In fact, they’ll be so incredibly close that they’ll appear as a “double planet,” according to astronomer Patrick Hartigan of Rice University. This is something that hasn’t happened in hundreds of years, and it’ll be quite the sight to see.


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You’ll have once-in-a-lifetime chance to see the ‘Christmas Star’ this month originally appeared on BGR.com on Tue, 15 Dec 2020 at 17:04:13 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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