Friday, July 03, 2015

Just for nice

Look to the west just after sunset to see Venus and Jupiter, the two brightest points in the sky, snuggled close. Shown here, the planets hover over Washington in 2008.


and on June 30, they were so "close" that they appeared as one star,

more discussion at UniverseToday:

and GregGarrison notes:

Is this what the Star of Bethlehem looked like?
The close conjunction of Jupiter and Venus on the western horizon fits closely with what many astronomers have theorized for years was the type of alignment that could have been the Star of Bethlehem described in the Bible...
Traditional depictions of the Star of Bethlehem show it as a blazing beacon pointing the way toward the baby Jesus in the manger, but stargazers who offer natural explanations of the "star" tend to believe it may have been a convergence of planets....
In a 1991 article in The Planetarian journal, William Bidelman, former chairman of the astronomy department at Case Western Reserve University, put forth two conjunctions of Venus and Jupiter in 3 B.C. and 2 B.C. as the most plausible Christmas star.
 I'll leave tht one to all you astrology buffs, but for me it reminds me of this poem:

That shining moon -- watched by that one faint star:Sure now am I, beyond the fear of change,The lovely in life is the familiar,And only the lovelier for continuing strange.
Walter de la Mare, Memory and Other Poems (1938).

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