Will the Biblical Star of Bethlehem Appear in the Sky Ahead of Christmas?
In a few days, our solar system's two biggest planets - Jupiter and Saturn - will come within close proximity of one another in what is known as a great conjunction, a rare event that may resemble the biblical Star of Bethlehem, also known as the Christmas Star, according to the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).
The term "conjunction" in astronomy is used to refer to the meeting point of celestial objects in space. A great conjunction refers to the rare moments in our solar system's history when its two largest planets have come close together.
Jupiter and Saturn have been traveling together all year. But over the first three weeks of December, they have gradually come closer together. This form of celestial teasing will culminate on Monday, December 21, when it might seem like the two planets have completely integrated into one massive star. (JPost / VFI News)
And God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night. And let them be for signs and for seasons, and for days and years, and let them be lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light upon the earth.” And it was so. - Genesis 1:14-15