The Christmas Star, which appeared on December 21st, was formed by the great conjunction in the night sky. Seen by the naked eye, Jupiter and Saturn looked so close together, but they were actually still hundred of millions of miles apart. The Christmas Star, which appeared in 2020, is still giving people plenty of hope in 2021.
Through the eyes of a scientist, Jupiter and Saturn simply formed a great conjunction. However, many Christians see the great conjunction having deep religious significance since it created a star similar to the Star of Bethlehem.
The Star of Bethlehem is a strong symbol in Christianity that announced the birth of Jesus Christ. In the Gospel of Matthew, Caspar, Melchoir and Balthasar, who were “wise men from the East,” used the Star of Bethlehem, like a compass, to find Jesus sleeping in his manger. In Latin America and in other nations worldwide, the Epiphany, also known by it’s more popular name, “Three Kings Day,” is celebrated on January 6th to commemorate the journey of the wise men and the birth of Jesus. The Star of Bethlehem is a symbol of Three Kings Day.
Not only is the Star of Bethlehem interesting to the faithful, it is also popular with the scientific community. Still today, there are many hypothesis about the origins or the Christmas Star as a supernova, a comet, an alignment of planets and a great conjunction as well as many other astrological phenomenon.
There are always astrological events that science cannot fully explain. One thing that we know for sure is that the Star of Bethlehem continues to inspire many people today just like it did in the past. On social media, many people posted photos of the great conjunction and described it’s semblance to the Star of Bethlehem. Surely, the posts were inspiring and renewed hope worldwide.
The objects of the night sky have always fascinated us. We do not have to be astronomers to be intrigued by novas, great co junctions, comets, meteors and triple conjunctions as well as many other mysterious shows of the night sky.
Many stargazers believe that stars are the most captivating facets of the night sky. Astrologers use stars to try to predict the future. Vincent Van Gogh drew inspiration from the stars when he created, Starry Night. Stars represent our biggest dreams as stated in the popular song, “When You Wish Upon a Star.” Since stars are always magical, no wonder the Christmas Star still draws so much attention today.