Jupiter and Saturn to align to create first 'Christmas star' in 800 years
The universe is going to treat us to something magical at the end of this year in the form of a gorgeous Christmas star.
Jupiter and Saturn will align so closely at the end of the month that they will create a 'Christmas star.' This is the first time this has happened in 800 years.
According to Forbes science writer Jamie Carter, the two planets are "now really, really close to each other, and on December 21, 2020—the date of the December solstice—they’re going to almost appear to collide to become one super-bright point of light."
If you believe in the power of the universe or just love looking up at the stars, this news will put a spring in your step. And for everyone else, maybe this star will turn them into believers.
This year has definitely been a different one, and now Christmas is also going to be a little different too - but different isn't always a bad thing. As this star goes to show, sometimes amazing things can happen with difference.
Patrick Hartigan, an astronomer at Rice University, told Forbes: "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.
"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."
If you believe in stars and stories then this piece of information will be of interested to you: German astronomer Johannes Kepler has since said that the star of Bethlehem which the “three wise men” followed way back in the day, could have even been a very rare triple alignment of Jupiter, Saturn and Venus.
You really do love to see it.