12/25/2015 – Ephemeris – This year’s Christmas Stars
Merry Christmas. This is Bob Moler with Ephemeris for Christmas Day, Friday, December 25th. The Sun will rise at 8:18. It’ll be up for 8 hours and 48 minutes, setting at 5:07. The Moon, at full today, will rise at 5:53 this evening.
It’s Christmas morning, and if it’s clear the full Moon will low in the west. Venus the brilliant Morning Star will be low in the southeast, Jupiter, second only to Venus in brightness will appear half way up to the zenith in the south. Venus or perhaps Jupiter, take your pick can be this year’s Christmas Star. The bright stars in the evening sky tonight are those of winter, that have looked down on us in their familiar patterns for millennia. The bright planets and stars, or even a brilliant supernova, or the one at the top of our Christmas tree, cannot be, according to those astronomers who accept the Star of Bethlehem as a real phenomenon, as what the star was. The leading contenders for the Star have always involved two planets.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.