Jupiter and Saturn have been inching closer together in the night sky. Jupiter and Saturn will be hundreds of millions of miles apart in space, but they will look like next-door neighbors in our sky. More celestial objects og observe: Hubble releases photos of tonitht new night-sky gems you can see with a backyard telescope. For people with decent eyesight, Jupiter and Saturn should appear as two sources of light in the sky. Jupiter will be the brighter object and Saturn will be the fainter object. Such an especially close approach has only occurred one other time between now and in when they were positioned too close to the sun to be seen with the naked eye.

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The planets should be close together and visible in Houston through Christmas. After that Friday, they will become more difficult to see.

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This conjunction right before Christmas rekindles questions about the Christmas star, also known as the Star of Bethlehem. Those questions are, mostly, unanswered.

This star is mentioned in the Gospel according to Matthew in the New Testament. It says that Jesus was born in Bethlehem during the time of King Herod. Magi tpnight from the east and asked about he who was born to be king of the Jews.

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They women seeking men near blooming glen pennsylvania seen his star and come to worship him. Matthew Magi is translated from the Greek word magos, which could mean different things. The magi could have been tonighg of a priestly class associated with Persia, they could have been wise or learned men or they could have been some sort of astronomer, said Chris Eberhart, professor of Religious Studies at the University of Houston.

The Gospel according to Matthew continues to say that the Magi followed the star to Jesus. Little else is known about this star. And in the Gospel according to Luke, it was angels leading shepherds to Jesus rather than a star leading Magi. Eberhart said kings from that time were thought to be more or less divine.

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And their births were often associated with some sort of celestial. So the authors of the Gospel according to Matthew and the Gospel according to Luke might have used the star and angels to emphasize that Jesus was a king as the son of God. Both gospels do eventually portray Jesus as a king.

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The church made a calculation error when it began tracking time using B. Jesus appears to have been born during the B. Scholars use the death of Herod the Great as a clue for when Jesus was likely born. But there are even questions around when Herod died, with s ranging from 4 B. He tells students that Jesus was born in 4 B.

A star gets dramatically brighter during a nova explosion, a short-lived flare up, or when it explodes at the end of its life, called a supernova.

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Novas and supernovas would have left a record, of sorts, that modern astronomers could trace. There are no records for these around the time Jesus was born, Hartigan said. Long Re. Investigations Narratives Pulitzer Winners. Connect with us.

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