Christmas Star To Be Visible For The First Time In 800 Years Today | 22 Words

You'd be forgiven for not feeling all too festive this year, what with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic foiling our Christmas plans...

But worry no more!


Because despite the total state this year has been, it isn't all doom and gloom.

There has just been a very exciting announcement regarding the rare "Christmas Star"...


And it might just be set to save your once-gloomy Christmas vacation. Keep scrolling for the full story...

Now, Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year...

Well, it usually is, anyway.

But this year, the festive spirit has never been so low.

Thanks to the utterly treacherous year 2020 has been, Christmas morale is sparse, and people are instead eager for 2021 to arrive.

Many Christmas plans have been canceled this year...


And, thanks to the social-distancing restrictions still in place all over the world, a record number of people are having to spend the festive period without their loved ones.

It's a pretty bleak and lonely time for many this year...


So, this week's news of the rare Great Conjunction phenomenon is bound to lift the spirits of those feeling not-so festive.

The event is more commonly referred to as the "Christmas Star" or "Star of Bethlehem"...


As some believe the star that guided the 3 wise men to Jesus could have been an extremely rare triple conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus.

When these planets align, they create a bright light...


Which gives them the appearance of a large star.

But the Great Conjunction is incredibly rare.


Astronomers say that the phenomenon only happens once every twenty years - and even then, it isn't always visible to the naked eye.

So that's why this week is so important.


It has been reported that the Great Conjunction will be occurring... Tonight!

Yep, this evening (December 21st, just to clarify), Jupiter and Saturn will align...


The closest in the night sky since 1623.

And, to make this even more exciting...


This will be the first conjunction to be visible to the naked eye since 1226.

And, for those of you not planning on viewing the Conjunction...


Astronomers have warned that you may have to wait until 2080 for the next one - so it's best not to miss it.

Of course, people are very excited to catch a rare glimpse of the Christmas Star...


So, where and when will you be able to see it?


Well, according to Forbes, it will all happen just after sunset in the southwestern sky and will take place low to the horizon.

There can be no wasted time, though...


Because the 2 planets will sink below the horizon about 2 hours after sunset.

Make sure that you are somewhere with a good view low to the southwest horizon about forty-five minutes after sunset.


Find out the exact time of sunset where you are here. Happy stargazing! For more astrological phenomena, scroll on...