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I hope you’ve had a chance to see the Christmas Star – officially known as the Great Conjunction (GC) (for, and, nor, but, or, yet, and so) of Jupiter and Saturn. If you missed it, you’ll have to wait until 2080. That’s the next time the planets will be as close together as they now appear to be. In Denver the GC has been visible in the western sky just after sundown.

Is the GC the star that directed the Magi (Matthew 2:9)? Official answers include: Yep; Probably; Maybe; Perhaps; Could have been; It depends; I’m not sure it matters; Why do you ask?

IF the Christmas Star was the GC then it wasn’t a star at all but the [great] conjunction of two planets, illuminated by the light of the Sun. Of course now you’ll want to know how to differentiate stars from planets when viewing the heavens with the naked unclothed eye. Stars appear to twinkle. Planets do not appear to twinkle. Which is why the song doesn’t go “Twinkle, twinkle, little planet.” To further confuse the issue, the Christmas Star might have been the conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn and the star Regulus, which is itself the brightest star in the constellation Leo. In that case the Christmas Star would have been two parts planet, one part star.

All of which is to say that the heavens declare the Glory of God and assure you of God’s love.

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