‘Christmas Star’ to form for the first time in nearly 800 years; visible in Iowa

The winter solstice is swiftly approaching – and with it, the ‘Christmas Star’ will appear. The ‘Christmas Star’ is an astronomical phenomenon that hasn’t happened since the year 1226.

On December 21st of this year, the planets Jupiter and Saturn will travel very close together – so close, in fact, the planets will almost align perfectly in the sky. In astronomy, this is referred to as a conjunction. 

This happening is dubbed the ‘Christmas Star’ as it appears in the sky during Christmas week. These two planets will hang in the sky nearly touching and appear like they are almost connected.

This planetary event will be visible in Iowa as well. According to CNN, it is best to view an hour after sunset. On December 21st, sunset is tabbed to happen at 4:48 p.m. in Iowa – which means that the best time to view this phenomenon is at 5:48 p.m. on that day. One should look to the southwest just over the horizon as not to miss it.


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