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Christmas star as planetary conjunction

Christmas star as planetary conjunction

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DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY DETLEV VAN RAVENSWAAY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Christmas star as planetary conjunction. Artwork of a possible Christmas Star in the night sky of the year 7 BC. Traces of the planetary conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn are seen in the night sky in the constellation Pisces. There were several conjunctions of Jupiter and Saturn in 7 BC within a period of 8 months. It is thought that Jesus was born at around this time, and that this planetary conjunction may account for the Christian biblical story of three wise men following a star to find the infant Christ.

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