Unusually rare “amazing event in the sky” stars will be deployed to create a “Christmas star” effect, similar to what led the three judges to the Nativity scene.
For the first time in hundreds of years, Saturn and Jupiter have been coming together for centuries, forming one of the closest “convergences.”
Combinations – objects that appear very close to each other in the sky – are not uncommon, and will be “unusually close”, the closest since 1623, said Professor Michael Burton.
Professor Burton said the two largest planets in the Solar System will be 0.1 degrees apart and will appear together as the brightest object in the sky.
Said the director of the longest astronomical observatory in the British Isles. “When it happened, it was in the sky during the day, so people would not see it because it would be so light.
“The last thing we could see was 1226, so we go back 800 years to the last thing we could see in the dark sky.”
The star in Bethlehem, which was followed by three sages in the biblical story of the birth of Jesus Christ, may have been the so-called Christmas star.
The astronomer at the Armag Planetarium and Observatory in Northern Ireland said: “It is possible that the two planets may have converged.
“The whole question of what a Christmas star might be is an interesting question of its own. Is it a combination, is it a comet or a supernova? No one really knows what it is. ”
The brightness of the sky, which is expected on December 21, is “a possibility of being seen 2,000 years ago,” he said.
Astronomy advised people who wanted to see a view of the Ireland event, “Look at the high ground with a clear view of the horizon, look to the southwest, and you should see them clearly.”
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