What stars aligned when Jesus was born?

Was there a planetary conjunction when Jesus was born?

There were two astronomical events involving conjunctions of planets around the time of Jesus’ birth—the triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Pisces in 7 B.C.E. and the near-conjunction of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in Pisces in February 6 B.C.E. (see the illustrations below).

Was there a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn when Jesus was born?

The idea that a conjunction between bright planets could explain the Star of Bethlehem isn’t new. A note in the Annals of the Abbey of Worcester from 1285 A.D. points out an alignment of Jupiter and Saturn that happened at the time of Jesus’ birth. And Johannes Kepler himself touched on the idea in the 17th century.

Was the Star of Bethlehem a grand conjunction?

For centuries, scholars have suggested the Star of Bethlehem may have actually been a “great conjunction” of bright planets. … On December 21, Jupiter and Saturn will come together in a “Great Conjunction” unlike any seen in nearly 800 years.

How long will the Great Conjunction last?

According to NASA, the phenomenon was first visible from Earth on Dec. 13, 2020, and will last for about two weeks from Dec. 15, until Dec. 29.

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