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Rare Astronomical Alignment Occurring This Month

As the world over prepares to celebrate the holiest of all the seasons, many are not aware of the phenomenon that will be happening.

The heavens are preparing for a show so rare that it hasn’t occurred since the time of the Middle Ages.  Two of the largest planets in the solar system are on a collision course that will strike awe in all of those who witness the event.

Many have lost hope during a year where our world has been held in the vise grip of a pandemic.  On December 21st, our hope will be restored by a reminder that there is something bigger and better in this universe.

Jupiter and Saturn will orbit so close together they will appear to be a “double planet.”  This tight orbit and the resulting appearance will appear here on Earth like one point of light that is super-bright.

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These two particular planets’ alignment is somewhat rare, estimated to occur once every 20 years or so.  However, this is one of the more rare times when the planets orbit so closely together

An astronomer, Patrick Hartigan, told Forbes magazine: “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.”

This alignment phenomenon is the historical “Christmas Star” or, as referenced in the Bible, the “Star of Bethlehem.”   Scientists theorize that the star that the Three Wise Men followed was one of an extremely rare aligning of Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus.

Would you like to catch a look at this rare aligning phenomenon?  According to astronomists, you can observe the event anywhere that the skies are clear an hour after sunset on the Winter Solstice, December 21st.

Make sure you take this chance to observe the occurrence, as it is not expected to be viewable again until March of 2080.