Jupiter and Saturn to Create Christmas Star

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In conjunction with the Winter Solstice, Jupiter and Saturn will align in the night sky on December 21, creating the appearance of a "Christmas Star". 

It's not as rare a phenomenon as you might think, but according to NASA, it's been nearly 400 years since the planets passed this close to each other in the sky, and nearly 800 years since the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter occurred at night, as it will for 2020.

So on Monday night, be sure to gaze up at the sky for a moment to appreciate this grand beauty. Until then, read more about this event from NASA and, for a Catholic perspective, from the Archdiocese of Chicago.

December 18, 2020 - 11:18am
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