So fitting that this phenomenon occurs in 2020, a year so full of chaos. We had no luck seeing it on December 21, as the sky was cloudy. However, just around 6:00 PM on December 22, we got a text from a friend, telling us the Christmas Star (conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn) was visible to the SW of our small city. There was nothing for it, but to bundle up and drive down to the park to see if we could spot it.
The parking lot was mostly empty, except for some high school student in a pickup truck, doing donuts. Hope he stays away from my car.
In any case, it was a special sight to see and brought me back to my early childhood years of attending Christmas Eve church services and hearing……
And having heard the king, they went their way; and lo, the star, which they had seen in the east, went on before them, until it came and stood over where the Child was. And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy. And they came into the house and saw the Child with Mary His mother; and they fell down and worshiped Him; and opening their treasures they presented to Him gifts of gold and frankincense and myrrh (Matt. 2:9-11, NASB).
It is thought that the Christmas star that the wise men followed was actually a comet.
In 2020, the Spirit of Christmas is wherever you can find it or in this case, wherever it finds you. Merry Christmas everyone.
The 1st 1/4 moon was brightly lit and there was way too much ambient light around us…
…but, we still managed to view the event.