2020 is going to end in a spectacular way with the appearance of the “Christmas Star” named after the town Bethlehem where history tells us that Jesus Christ was born. It is a familiar star to Christians and Jews.
O, Star of wonder, star of night
Star of royal beauty bright
Westward leading, still proceeding,
Guide us to thy perfect light.
And having heard the king, they went their way; and lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary, His mother; and they fell and worshiped Him; and opening t, and treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh (Matt. 2:9-11)
On 12.21.2020 (the December solstice), Jupiter and Saturn will align so closely in the night sky that they’ll create a radiant point of light called the “Star of Bethlehem” or the “Christmas Star”.
“On December 21, we can witness the “Christmas Star” or “Star of Bethlehem” ourselves when it lights up the sky. This has not been seen in nearly 800 years!,” Beliefnet wrote.
This is thanks to the upcoming winter solstice when Jupiter and Saturn line up to create the star.
These two planets have not been looked this close together since the Middle Ages.
“Alignments between these two planets are rather rare, occurring once every 20 years or so, but this conjunction is exceptionally rare because of how close the planets will appear to be to one another,” Patrick Hartigan, an astronomer at Rice University, told Forbes.
“You’d have to go all the way back to just before dawn on March 4, 1226, to see a closer alignment between these objects visible in the night sky,” Hartigan said.
If you’re a stargazer in the northern hemisphere, you should turn your head, along with your telescope, to the southwest portion of the sky 45 minutes or so after sunset on December 21 to see both planets align.
Additionally, other sightings can be seen throughout the week.
The “Star of Bethlehem” has its origins in the opening verses of the Gospel of Matthew:
“Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judaea in the days of Herod, the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him” (Matthew 2:1-2).
For Christians, the star symbolizes Jesus Christ, who is also referred to as “the bright and morning star.”
“Theories About the ‘Star of Bethlehem’
As CBN News has reported, while there have been many theories about the identity of the biblical star of Bethlehem that appeared at Christ’s birth, a combination of historical research, astronomical insight, and biblical understanding has come together to present a plausible explanation that is both miraculous and understandable.
This theory finds the planet Jupiter to be part of that star. In the ancient world, all heavenly bodies were considered “stars”.
The Magi or the three wise men were, most likely, court advisers to Babylon who used the stars to give guidance to the ruler. Why would God guide astrologers, of all people, to the King of Kings? This example, according to some writers, was Christ’s first human ministry to unbelievers.”