Tuesday, June 30, 2015

"Star Of Bethlehem" Rare Conjunction Tonight! June 30, 2015

If you have been out and about after dusk and were observant enough to look in the night sky you would have seen two bright "stars" that seem incredibly close to each other in the night sky. They've appeared now for over a month. I've seen them almost nightly and I have even brought them up to my friend that I knew that these "stars" were actually planets. I knew one of them was Venus but I couldn't tell which one the other one was. Well, it turns out that the other planet is Jupiter and tonight we are all in for a very rare treat.

It's called a planetary conjunction. Venus and Jupiter will be so close together tonight that they will appear as if they were one bright star. This arrangement is believed by some to be the real "star of Bethlehem" in the bible, the star that announced the birth of Jesus.

The Wise Men in the Bible were pagan priests/astrologers who realized that the conjunction of Jupiter in the sign of Aries meant that a new King would be born in Judea. So they traveled to identify and greet this new king. Unfortunately, I don't know what sign this conjunction will occur in. But if you can identify it then you would be able to know that a new king would be predicted for the region the sign represented.

So, take a few minutes tonight after sunset, when it's dark, and step outside and see this rare occurrence. It won't return until 10 more years but even then it won't produce the sight of "one large star" that tonight's show will produce.

http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2015/0627/Star-of-Bethlehem-Jupiter-and-Venus-converge-in-night-sky

And yes, just so you know, some Christians believe this is a sign of the second coming of Jesus. I, however, do not believe that.

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