Rare Bethlehem “Superstar” Tonight: Venus and Jupiter Converging for First Time in 2,000 Years

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Tonight an illusion will make it appear as if the planets Jupiter and Venus have merged in the Western horizon, giving off the appearance of a “superstar”. The sight will be visible in North America in that direction just after sunset.

Every night this month, the two planets have appeared to get closer to one another. Tonight they will be just one third of a degree apart and appear to merge into one big bright shining object in the sky. Jupiter will appear circular, and Venus will form a crescent around it.

Some have claimed tonight’s rare planetary alignment was once responsible for the so-called “Star of Bethlehem”.

“Sky & Telescope suggests that a similar rare conjunction of Venus and Jupiter may have been what’s been called the ‘Star of Bethlehem’ in 3-2 BC. There has not been a brighter, closer planetary conjunction in the 2,000 years since,” Christian Science Monitor reports.

 

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  • http://privacy.com MARCUS

    very cool.

  • http://www.shitsenders.com Я0llyJ0g3r

    Remember while staring up at that static, still star that freemason “science” says you are moving at 1000mph… whooosh!

    • John Galt

      And that “star” is also moving very quickly through the galaxy being affected by a sun (real star), which is also moving very quickly through the universe. Pretty marvelous really.

  • Carroll Price

    Leave it to religious nuts to turn natural phenomenon’s into superstitions.

    • Barn Cat

      The star was supernatural in origin. It went ahead of the wise men and stopped over the house where Joseph, Mary, and Jesus were living.

      • Gil G

        Really? Travelling by the stars is the way many ancient people travelled.

      • whiskeytangofox

        You cannot possibly actually believe that.

  • Koolz

    some where in the world someone will take advantage of the Cosmology.
    Who knows what event unfolds.

  • Barn Cat

    It’s idiotic to think that a Jupiter-Venus conjunction hasn’t happened in 2000 years. Gimme a break.

    • Carroll Price

      And I’ll bet a dollar to a donut that you think the world is not over 6,000 years old.

    • John Galt

      Barn Cat, I’m pretty sure they said a “closer” conjunction hasn’t happened in 2000 years… It’s pretty obvious to anyone with access to Google that jupiter-venus conjunctions happen about every 13 months. If this really is the closest in over 2000-years, that’s pretty amazing (religiosity aside).

      Scooby, I’m curious where the data from your post comes from. I would like to know more. Also, I would like to understand exactly WTF an ‘arcsecond’ is. Thanks in advance for sharing that info.

  • richie

    Yes, the ancients were so ignorant of the stars and planets ….. NOT. Skywatchers would have seen Jupiter near Venus the night before the conjunction, having watched it slowly approach Venus each night of the preceding week, seen the inevitable conjunction, and then seen the two planets diverge beginning the night after. They would have imputed astrological significance to the conjunction, but they would not have mistaken it for a “new star.” Certainly, they knew the layout of the night sky and the movements of the planets far better than most people today. …. Whatever happened to the theory that the star of Bethlehem was a supernova, described by Chinese astronomers in 4 BC?

  • John Galt

    Source of data? Also, what is an arcsecond? I’m just a very curious person.