Will We Be Able to See the 2020 Christmas Star Tonight?
Tonight is the night we get to witness a celestial event that hasn't happened in some 800 years. The question is: will weather prevent us from looking at it?
2020 has been a year for the history books, so it is only fitting that we close out the calendar with an uplifting and christ-like event. It would also be just like 2020 to send us clouds so we couldn't see it. More on that in a minute.
This evening the planets of Jupiter and Saturn will be so close together in the sky, the two will line up to form one bright star.
Now, for the technical and literal folks reading this, Jupiter and Saturn did come together about 400 years ago, according to Space.com. However, unless you were in the tropics near the equator, you were out of luck if you wanted to view it. 800 years ago, however, the planets lined up like they will tonight for people to see them nearly all over the world. Our apologies to New York, Paris, and Tokyo, who will have to wait another few hundred years for hopefully a shot.
As to whether or not we'll be able to view this "Christmas Star" tonight. Here's what our friends at KBZK say about tonight's forecast.
They are calling for clouds for most of the day, but at around 5 p.m., we should start to see some clearing, and by 10 p.m., we'll be mostly clear. The best viewing of tonight's celestial event is after sunset, low in the southwest sky.
For accuracy and to tamper down expectations, you should know that there are some astronomers who think the planets will be distinct and will not appear as one big star this evening. But they also admitted, they do not know for certain. We'll all find out together tonight . . . hopefully.
Come on, COVID. The least you can do is let us have this just a few days before Christmas.
When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was. When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.
Matthew 2: 7-10 (King James Version)