Planets will shine brighter than they have in nearly eight centuries.
A rare celestial event is making an already unique holiday season even more unusual as what’s been dubbed the “Christmas Star” is set to appear over Canada on Monday evening, brighter than it’s been in nearly eight centuries.
It’s not really a star at all — it’s a convergence of Jupiter and Saturn — but because of their close proximity, they will appear to the naked eye to be one bright star.
For the last few weeks, the two planets have appeared nearer and nearer in the night sky and will be at their closest on Dec. 21, appearing above the southwest horizon shortly after sunset.
Stargazers typically gather in groups at observatories or with backyard telescopes for such events, but that won’t be happening this year because of COVID-19.
There’s also the chance the conjunction won’t be visible because of the weather.
Clouds, heavy snow, or rain are in the forecast for many Canadian cities.
The planets will still be visible on Tuesday night, but by then, they will be moving apart.