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Planets Align Tonight For 'Christmas Star' Solstice Event

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10:23 AM - 21 Dec 2020



Skygazers are in for an end-of-year treat this evening.

Jupiter and Saturn will meet in a "great conjunction"; the last time this event was witnessed at the winter solstice was almost 800 years ago.

The planets will give the appearance of one star; it's believed a similar event is an explanation behind the Star of Bethlehem.

Space commentator Leo Enright says you'll have to go out early in the evening to see it:

"About 5 o'clock when the sun just about disappears it should be visible to anybody who isn't clouded out; admittedly there's a lot of cloud predicted for this evening but there will definitely be clear spells. So you really want to get into a position where you can see clearly down to the southwest."

Main image: In this Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020 photo made available by NASA, Saturn, top, and Jupiter, below, are seen after sunset from Shenandoah National Park in Luray, Virginia. Picture by: Bill Ingalls/AP/Press Association Images



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