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Jupiter and Saturn Conjunction or “Christmas Star”

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Last night Jupiter and Saturn appeared closer than they have in nearly 800 years! Last time they were as close was 400 years ago, but it was during the day so no one could see it. The last time they were closer at night was March 4, 1226! It is believed that the Star of Bethlehem when Christ was born was a rare conjunction of Jupiter, Saturn, and Venus. So on the winter solstice, four days before Christmas, we get our own Christmas Star!

Rare Conjunction

Someday I would love to have a telescope or equipment for great astrophotography, but I managed to get a few shots.


Here is one of the moon from last night:

These were all taken at the American Fork Boat Harbor on the north side of Utah Lake. I also love to take photos of sunsets, sunrises, and ice stacks there.


We have so much beauty in Utah to explore! I love hiking and photography and can help you find your next favorite hike! All photos were taken by me!

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