This is the year of what they call the “Christmas Star.”
That’s when Saturn and Jupiter will almost meld into a beautiful bright luminosity (“star”). This rare spectacle will appear in the night sky Monday, December 21, the first occasion in which they’ve aligned like this since the Middle Ages. To be more precise, the last time the two planets were this close together was March 4, 1226.
Interestingly, that was also time of great climate swerves, including global warming, as well as chaos, social upheaval, and conflict as wars broke out in various parts of Europe and Genghis Khan was conquering large swaths of Asia.
Meanwhile, December 21 is also the Winter Solstice, shortest and darkest day of the year (and the beginning of what some expect to be a cold dark winter season).
Is there any chance the “Christmas Star” — two “coinciding” planets — was the Star of Bethlehem? (Below, how the two planets were positioned last week, as they neared each other.)
In February, a loud sound moved through parts of Anchorage, reported the Anchorage Daily News. “It came in bursts, getting louder, then evaporating. It was heard from Midtown to West Anchorage, from Spenard to the Old Seward Highway. Some heard it once, others repeatedly for hours. People miles apart reported the tone abruptly waking them up. It came in bursts, getting louder, then evaporating. ‘I would say it sounded like underwater moaning,” said Stephanie Quinn-Davidson, who lives near Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and has heard the sound multiple times over the years.'”
Strangely, some described it as “symphonic.” In other cases, lights have been seen in regional skies.
“Some people said it felt like an earthquake or maybe a sonic boom. Others thought it might have been a tree falling on a house or maybe a violent crash nearby,” said the Virginia Pilot last April. “Whatever it was, it shook homes in parts of Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, and possibly other area cities around 10:30 a.m. The disturbance led some residents to step outside their homes to look for the source, while others reached out on social media to find out if their neighbors and friends heard it. Speculation was rampant.”
It still is.
The United States Geographical Survey believes they can be accounted for, in most cases. “Reports of unidentified ‘booms’ have emerged from different places around the world for hundreds of years, and although many of the ‘boom stories’ remain a mystery, others have been explained,” it said in a statement recently. “Most of the booms that people hear or experience are the result of human activity, such as an explosion, a large vehicle going by, nearby construction, or sometimes a sonic boom, but there have been many reports of booms that cannot be explained by man-made sources. Some of those booms are associated with a variety of interesting natural phenomena, including earthquakes.”
In New Jersey, a man who had built a subsonic “gun” to scare away birds was the culprit in reports there.
But our bet: you will hear more such “mysteries” — hear of more booms, read of more lights — in the near future.
[Feedback (from the mail): “We believe the Bethlehem star was the conjunction of Jupiter, the King planet, and Venus, the love planet, that came to announce the birth of the Messiah, God’s love sent to earth. If you look up what Saturn’s symbol is, you will see it is a sickle. Therefore, the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn may be announcing the coming harvest. Christ will come again at the harvest, but in judgment this time. Something to ponder…. Mary Ellen DeBor]