On Christmas Eve, the two brightest planets we see in the night sky will be on opposite sides of the evening sky, at about the same height above the horizon. Jupiter will be on the north east horizon and Venus on the western horizon.

Take some time out under the stars to relax before a busy Christmas Day.

When and where to look:

8pm, 24th December. North east and west.

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).

One hypothesis is that the Star of Bethlehem was a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter on 17th June in the year 2 BC. The planets were very close to each other above the north western horizon on this date. Now they are on opposite sides of the sky!

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!