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.

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 next day ahead.

Tonight there are three planets keep an eye out for. Mars is the bright red coloured star-like object next to the Moon in the north. And on the western horizon, Jupiter and Saturn appear close to each other. Jupiter is the brighter of the two and appears above Saturn.

When to look: 8pm, 24th December

Which direction to look: North 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). 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!