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Saturn and Jupiter aligned on Monday night in a “Great Conjunction.” This alignment occurs every 20 years, but the two appeared closer than they have in about 400 years.
According to a report in Catholic News Agency, the two planets were so close together that they appeared to the naked eye as one bright star. Thus, nicknaming the light “The Christmas Star.”
However, Vatican astronomer and director of the Vatican Observatory Br. Guy Consolmagno, S.J., said “it is impossible to know for sure if it has any connection to the Star of Bethlehem.”
To see the star, the brother recommended “looking just after sunset for Jupiter, ‘the bright ‘star’ low to the west; nearby is a fainter ‘star,’ Saturn.”
He said the two planets “crept together” all throughout December, but on Dec. 21, they were “so close together that your naked eye won’t be able to tell them apart.”
Br. Consolmango said some astronomers believe it may be the star the three wise men followed to find Jesus, according to the Gospel of Matthew.
“Is this really what the Star of Bethlehem was?” Consolmagno said. “No one knows for sure what the star was, and until we have a time machine where we can go back and interview Matthew with a video recorder, no one ever will know for sure!”