Christmas Star 2020

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).

(Source:Bible.org)

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.

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

13 thoughts on “Christmas Star 2020

  1. Wow, what a sight! I am glad you were able to see it, Allan! As they say – may you never be too grown up to search the skies on Christmas. Sending love and holiday wishes from our bubble to yours. Aiva 🙂

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    1. Sometimes we need a little push to get out into the night, so that we may appreciate the light that is shared. Love back to your bubble. No doubt your Christmas Day is well under way, already. Allan

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  2. We’ve seen it three evenings — not able to get a good photo of it as I don’t have the camera for that anymore but it was great to see it. Interesting that they think it was a comet that the Wiseman followed. Strange how they can look back and know when these planets converged and to what degree etc.

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    1. Great. There is nothing like seeing it with the naked eye. We have seen it for three evenings as well, just not the one where they were closest as it was to cloudy. I am not sure how they can track the movements of the celestial bodies, but there were references in the Bible to the year Jesus was born and what was in the sky. Apparently the conjunction would have moved the timeline for Jesus birth out about 6 or 7 years. Who knows. It is just great to see sights that have been seen by man throughout time. My friend in NZ has a powerful telescope and attached camera so can’t wait to see what he saw. Merry Christmas Bernie. Allan

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      1. I think you’re right. I couldn’t see the sky at all. Still, I watched it online (not the same, I know), but also my Dad and friends in California told me about it, so I didn’t miss out in the end

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  3. We got lucky. It was clear on the 21st. We didn’t get any good photos, but it was a nice sight. It is definitely a cool thing to say I’ve now seen two astronomical events that I will highly likely not see again in my lifetime. I got to see Halley’s Comet when I was a kid. Maybe I’ll live to see it again… maybe.

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    1. Excellent to see it on the day. Too cloudy here. We saw Halleys in 1986, the year our first son was born. Our friends said we should name him Halley. We did not, but still smile at it. Thanks for reading Scott. Hope you had a great Christmas. Allan

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