Jupiter, Venus Conjunction To Resemble Star Of Bethlehem

Posted at 8:51 AM, Jun 30, 2015
and last updated 2015-07-09 00:21:44-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Quite a spectacular show is expected to wow stargazers Tuesday night.

Beginning around dusk, Jupiter and Venus are expected to be only 1/3 of a degree apart. After the sun and the moon, they will be the brightest objects in the sky.

Some astronomers believe the convergence of the two planets in relation to the star Regulus is expected to resemble a similar series that occurred between the years 3 and 2 B.C. – which was documented as the Star of Bethlehem in the New Testament.

The two planets may appear as if they’re close to one another in sky, however that is not the case.

According to CBS News, Venus is 58 million miles from Earth, and Jupiter is 12 times farther out at 565 million miles -- explaining why the two planets will look roughly the same size even though Jupiter is far larger.