On 2020-12-04 2:54 PM (-4), Bald Eagle wrote:
> For the several solar system modelers amongst us:
> Jupiter and Saturn Will Align to Create the First "Christmas Star" in Nearly 800
Here we go again...
"As 2020 comes to a close, the solar system has decided to grace us
with a cosmic Christmas miracle that hasn't been witnessed in nearly
I am curious as to how Ms Vargas defines "miracle." I was under the
impression that this event was a predictable outcome of the regular
clockwork of the Solar System.
"On Dec. 21 (aka the December solstice), Jupiter and Saturn will align
so closely in the night sky that they'll almost appear to collide from
our vantage point here on Earth, creating a radiant point of light..."
No they won't. First of all, they will appear about 6 arcminutes apart,
or half the distance between Mizar and Alcor of the Big Dipper. This is
impressively close, but not close enough to appear as a single point for
someone well-corrected vision. But even for people with bad vision, the
pair will not appear much more "radiant" than Jupiter does alone.
"... often referred to as the 'Star of Bethlehem' or the 'Christmas
Pure speculation, among many. Back when I was a Christian, I read an
article arguing that since the account in Matthew was a faith-based
story, attempts to identify an actual corresponding astronomical event
are misguided. I was convinced, and stopped trying to find a scientific
explanation for the star. It's a nice story, provided you read between
the lines that all those murdered babies are living it up in heaven, but
it's just a story. The sad fact is that the circumstances surrounding
Jesus' birth are unknown.
Lest you call me a killjoy, the reality not meeting an expectation would
be a bigger letdown than my explaining what is actually going on. It
will be pretty. Go out and enjoy it!
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