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12/24/2015 – Ephemeris – Jupiter and Venus the “Star” of Bethlehem?

December 24, 2015

Ephemeris for Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th.  The Sun will rise at 8:18.  It’ll be up for 8 hours and 48 minutes, setting at 5:06.   The Moon, 1 day before full, will set at 8:02 tomorrow morning.

Last year August and earlier this year in June we had a near repeat of two very close conjunctions of Jupiter and Venus that occurred in 3 and 2 BC.  These two conjunctions spaced by a month more than the human gestation period and seen against the constellation of Leo the lion, symbol of Judah could have brought the Magi, who were Persian astrologer-priests to Jerusalem, capital of Judea.  The events could have signified the them the birth of a king of Judea.  It was the interpretation of the scriptures by the scribes that actually sent them to Bethlehem.  This version of the Star of Bethlehem seems to be the one that’s being accepted more and more by those who believe the Star has a physical reality.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.

Addendum

Jupiter and Venus Conjunctions August 2014 and June 2015

Jupiter and Venus

Watch Jupiter and Venus approach each other and separate. From August 15 to August 19, 2018. Created using Stellarium and GIMP.

 

Jupiter-Venus animation

Jupiter-Venus approach animation June 11 to July 1, 2015 at 10:30 p.m. Created using Stellarium and GIMP. Click on image to enlarge.

Jupiter and Venus Conjunctions August 3 BC and June 2 BC

Jupiter-Venus conjunction of August 3, 3 BC.

Animation of the Jupiter-Venus conjunction of August 3, 3 BC. in the morning twilight. Created using Stellarium.

June of 2 BC just after sunset Jupiter and Venus again cross paths.

June of 2 BC just after sunset Jupiter and Venus again cross paths. Created using Stellarium.

 

 

 

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