Christmas Star

Every 20 years the planets of Jupiter and Saturn align themselves in the solar system, but not always visible from Earth. It was 800 years ago, about the time of the Magna Carta, that the two planets were aligned this close to Earth.

The conjunction of the two planets was visible to the naked eye, easily the brightest “star” in the sky. The light pollution around my position, along with the twilight, made this the only visible object in the sky. Through binoculars or long camera lens you could distinguish the two planets, but they looked like one to the naked eye.

This shot was taken with my cell phone and slightly cropped to magnify the image. The “twinkles” around the planets were added in post processing.

Thought for the Day: 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 2:2

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