You’ve probably been quite busy with Christmas preparations. It’s time to take a breath and relax. So, head outside this evening to do a bit of stargazing.
Looking at the night sky is awe-inspiring and yet peaceful and calming at the same time. It’s bound to refresh your spirits, relax your mind and get you ready for the day ahead.
There are two beautiful bright objects to be seen. One is a star and the other is a planet!
When to look: 8.15pm, 24th December 2019
Which direction to look: West and east
In the west, the brightest star-like object to be seen low on the horizon is not a star at all. It’s Venus! After sunset, it will dazzle you with its brightness!
On the eastern horizon, the brightest star you can see is actually the brightest star we see in the night sky. Sirius is part of the constellation of Canis Major (the Greater Dog). It’s not as bright as Venus but can easily be identified.
Do you wonder if there is an astronomical explanation for the Star of Bethlehem? There are a few theories – perhaps it was a comet, a supernova or perhaps a planetary conjunction (or close grouping of planets). Read more with the Lowell Observatory. The Lowell Observatory is located in Flagstaff, Arizona – the World’s First International Dark Sky City.
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There’s always something interesting happening in the night sky and country WA is the best place to catch all the action!