Look for the ‘Christmas star’ in Canadian skies tonight as Jupiter and Saturn converge

Christmas Star

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.

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Colette Linden is a graduate of the three-year Broadcast Journalism and Communications Media program from Mohawk College before heading to McMaster University to obtain her degree in Public Relations. In addition, Colette has a certificate in Writing for Publication and a certificate of Competency in the French Language, . A recent resident of Sault Ste Marie, this Hamilton native gained experience working at TSN, the Ontario Medical Association and spent 14-years with the Ontario Good Roads Association (OGRA) as the Communications Manager. A Mother of two amazing boys, Connor & Dante, Colette is a die-hard sports fan with a passion for government affairs and hopes to one day represent this City on Council. Focusing on Politics, Indigenous Affairs and Local News, Colette also reports the latest in Sports both locally and professionally. Colette joined the Superior Media Team in September of 2019 and is thankful to finish out her career with such a family-oriented and community-oriented team.