A once-in-a-lifetime Christmas star unseen 400 years ago will be seen from TODAY – and this is exactly how you see it
- The crescent moon will pass Jupiter and Saturn makes a connection on December 17th
- Jupiter and Saturn will appear as one star in ‘Great Conjunction’ on December 21st
- The two planets near the Earth are expected to align for the first time in 400 years
- Stargazers will see the wonder at around 9pm Eastern Australia time
- Those who use a telescope can see the individual planets and their branches
A Christmas star once in the Christmas season will shine in the skies on Thursday for the first time in 400 years.
Jupiter and Saturn align in the night sky on December 21 and appear as one bright star in a moment called the ‘Great Conjunction’.
But Australian stars will see the surprise as early as Thursday when Jupiter is slowly closing in on Saturn, according to the Perth Observatory website.
Matt Woods of the Perth Observatory said they should look at the coalition on Thursday, that Australians should look low on the horizon in the southwest between 7: 30-9: 30pm.
Australia’s skies light up with a ‘once in a lifetime’ event as Jupiter and Saturn (pictured above) align in ‘Great Conjunction’ at around 9pm (AEDT) at 21 December
The two planets appear as one bright star in the night sky (example photo in the picture).
Jupiter ‘becomes one of the brightest in the west,’ with the moon and the two planets forming a triangle shape.
Mr Woods said the last time the rare planetary alignment appeared so close to Earth ‘the telescope had just been formed’.
‘It grows very close to every two decades but the last time they were so close was when Galileo was still alive on 16 July 1623,’ he said.
Mr Woods said the Big Coalition would be ‘visible all over the world’ and could be enjoyed by die-hard enthusiasts and casual stargazers.
‘They appear almost one star between 7.30pm and 9.30pm (AWST) and you don’t need a telescope to see them,’ he explained.
‘It’s something that people can go out into their back gardens and look at. ‘
The wonder will be seen at around 9pm on the east coast.
Mr Woods said stars who use binoculars or a telescope could even see their respective planets and branches nearby.
Both planets will be visible for a week around December 21st.
Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, is the second largest in the solar system and the only place outside the Earth where surface liquid has been found.
Stargazers that use a telescope (image file in the picture) will also be able to see the individual planets and their branches. The last thing happened about 400 years ago
Mr Woods also urged stars to find a flat and bright place to see the planets.
‘They’re very low on the horizon, so if people have buildings or trees on the horizon to the west, it’s best to go out early and check,’ he explained.
‘Or just go to a local park and have a look.’
Mr Woods welcomed stars into the Perth Observatory and Fremantle Sidewalk Astronomy to see the wonder at North Coogee Dogs Beach.
THE STORY OF BETHLEHEM: INVESTIGATING THE WIDER WORLD THAT JESUS IS IN BIBLE STORIES
The Star of Bethlehem, or Christmas Star, is said to have inspired the three wise men from the East to visit the baby Jesus in Bible stories.
It appears in the natural narrative of Matthew’s Gospel, where it is said that King Herod of Judah was asked ‘where is he born as King of the Jews’ For we have seen his star in the East and come to worship. He. ‘
The star is said to have taken them to the hometown of Jesus, where they worshiped him and gave him gifts of gold and myrrh.
The gospel refers to the visitors as ‘Magi’ which is usually translated as ‘wise men’ but can also be used to mean astronaut / astronaut.
Astronauts have made several attempts to figure out what could be in this star – whether it was a celestial event or a pious fiction.
The famous German astronaut Johannes Kepler wrote in 1614 that he believed that the rare three-part behavior of Jupiter, Saturn and Venus.
This would create a very bright light in the sky that would only appear for a few days. A similar connection is likely to occur at Christmas 2020.
Other theories like the supernova explosion are very close – that could appear as a very clear sky for a very short time, or even a comet.
Chinese and Korean stars have written about a clear object that could be a comet or supernova around 5 BC that has been seen for more than 70 days.
Ancient astronauts have written about comets hanging over certain cities – just as the Star of Bethlehem is said to have stood ‘the place’ where Jesus was born – the city of Bethlehem.