An incredibly rare Christmas Star will be visible over El Paso on Monday, December 21, 2020 - Here's how to see it.

2020 has seen some incredible events, but this celestial event is so extraordinary that the last time it was seen was in 1226, the Middle Ages, or about 800 years ago.

The Christmas Star or sometimes referred to as the Star of Bethlehem is a planetary event called a conjunction of two of the largest planets in our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn. While conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn usually happen every 20 years, this particular event is rather rare since they are not normally seen so close to each other.

This once-in-a-lifetime event will have both Jupiter and Saturn coming so close together that they will appear to be one bright object twinkling above the Sun City.

As a matter of fact, over the past week, both planets have been inching closer to each other in a dazzling display that can be witnessed with the naked eye.

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Come December, 21 the grand planetary conjunction will be visible for all to see from El Paso, TX.

How To See The Christmas Star

  • The Christmas Star will be visible to stargazers around the world on the evening of December 21, 2020.
  • Stargazers in El Paso can expect to see the planetary event appear very low on the horizon just after sunset, around 5:05 p.m.
  • Look above the southwestern or western horizon after sunset
  • The celestial event will be visible with the naked eye; however, you can enhance your viewing experience with a telescope or binoculars.
  • By the way, if you’ve never seen Saturn’s rings through a telescope, you're in for a treat because they are truly impressive.

Come Monday, don't miss out on this out-of-this-world event that will also be occurring during the Winter Solstice; because it won't be seen again until 2080.

 

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