Jupiter, Saturn Convergence Dec. 21 May Replicate 'Christmas Star'

Dec 9, 2020

Jupiter and Saturn, Aug. 30, 2019
Credit Shahrin Ahmad (Shah Gazer) CC BY-NC-SA 2.0, Creative Commons

Dr. Kent Montgomery, head of the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Texas A&M-Commerce, says the convergence of Jupiter and Saturn, peaking on Dec. 21, may replicate the "Christmas star" described in the Bible that is said to have led the Wise Men to visit the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.  The convergence of Jupiter and Saturn happens about every 30 years, but this is the closest the two planets have come in centuies, producing the first appearance of a "double planet" since the Middle Ages.  Jupiter and Saturn already are visible in the southwest sky.  Also, Dr. Montgomery says the Geminid meteor showers are very visible now and will peak on Sunday-Monday, Dec. 13-14.