If Christmas preparations are a busy time for you, stargazing gives you time to take a breath and relax. So, head outside on Christmas Eve to do a bit of star watching.

High in the north, the brightest star you can see is not a star at all – it’s Jupiter! To the east of Jupiter, a very bright moon lights up the sky – maybe making it easier for Santa later in the night!

When to look: 8pm, 24th December

Which direction to look: North and east

Something Interesting

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!