TONIGHT: See spectacular sight as planets nearly overlap

Star of Bethlehem? How to see Tuesday’s bright celestial event

(WTHI and WKRN) – Weather conditions pending, a spectacular planetary sighting is expected in the sky Tuesday night. Jupiter and Venus, the two brightest planets in our sky, will be just about on top of each other. This will be a brilliant spectacle.

The near-alignment will be visible to the naked eye, but binoculars or a small telescope will enhance the detail near the planets, including Jupiter’s four moons. “To see the lineup, look to the west-northwest shortly after sunset,” CNN reports. Look for the brightest “object” in the sky, aside from the full moon, which rises in the east.

Some are calling this “The Star of Bethlehem” conjunction because Jupiter and Venus did something similar near the star Regulus in 3/2BC, WKRN reports. Many astronomers have speculated that this ancient celestial event is the one recorded in the Bible’s Gospel of Matthew, according to WKRN.

A second sighting to check out will be Saturn. The ringed-planet will also be visible around sunset. Saturn will be right above the constellation Scorpius. If you’ve never seen Saturn’s rings, it is a tremendous sight to see through a telescope.

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