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A rare celestial event makes the already unique holiday season even more extraordinary because the so-called “Christmas Star” appears in Canada on Monday evening, which is brighter than it has been in almost eight centuries.
It’s not really a star – it’s a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn – but because of their proximity they appear to the naked eye as a single, bright star.
Over the past few weeks, both planets have appeared very close and close to the night sky, and will appear above the southwest horizon after sunset on December 21st.
“It’s a sense of anticipation, of course, of what Christmas is all about, that anticipation. Here we are waiting for those planets to almost merge into the sky,” said astronomer and physicist Brian Martin. University, a Christian institution in Edmonton.
“It means waiting for the birth of Christ and celebrating December 25th.”
At this time of year, Stephen Jeans, who teaches Earth and Space Sciences at Ambrose University, another Christian institution in Calgary, lectures on the “Star of Bethlehem” for the Canadian Science and Christian Association of Christian Scientists.
This sermon, which did not take place this year due to COVID-19, focused on the star that Maggie or the three sages came after Bethlehem, and what an astronomical event this could have been.
There are some who speculate that this is a comet, but Jeans said they are generally bad omens, so he says it could have been a combination of planets like the one now on display.
“The good thing about this is that it can be found all over the country at the same time,” Jeans explained.
“You ‘re going to have the opportunity to see the same event that all your friends and relatives are watching: a giant twin planet that looks like a Christmas star.”
The last conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn was in the 17th century, but it was not known at night. You must go to March 4, 1226.
B.C. In 2, Martin mentions that there was a connection between Jupiter, the brightest star in the constellation Leo, and Regulus, which Maggie may have followed.