Monday, December 01, 2008


Moon, Jupiter, Venus, evening of December 1, 2008
photo by Donald
Tonight, millions of people worldwide can see a close three-way conjunction of Venus, Jupiter and the crescent moon. Highlighting the uniqueness of this event in one's life is the fact that most of the time the moon, Jupiter and Venus come together, they are too close to the Sun or unite at a time when they are not so visible. The next time the two planets and the moon will be as close and visible will be on November the 18th, 2052. .An interesting fact reveals that historians think that a similar approach between Jupiter and Venus in the year 2 BC may have been the source of the star of Bethlehem story found in the Bible. The stellar pair would have appeared so close together that they might have seemed to blend into an amazing beacon of light. However, from now on, the planets and the moon will start separating from each other, and we'll have to wait for about 44 years to see this again.

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