Have you ever stood outside late Christmas Eve hoping to see a bright star in the night? On this year's winter solstice, December 21st, the great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will appear in our night skies as an elongated star which is the closest, visible conjunction of these two planets since 1226 - some astronomers call this the 'Christmas Star' since the tale of the Star of Bethlehem could have been a planetary conjunction. Stargazers should be able to see the two planets now over the western horizon after sunset. The planets will rise higher over the horizon the closer we get to the solstice -- you might get to see the Christmas Star on Christmas Eve!
Young adult, 48 pages. Artaban, a priest of the Magi who was left behind by the Three Wise Men following the Star, spends the remainder of his life searching for the Anointed One.
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