Stargazers’ stunner: Thousands catch Jupiter, Venus forming super bright ‘Star of Bethlehem’ (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
The two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter, have appeared close to each other in the sky, attracting thousands of amazed onlookers to the unique sight.
During Tuesday night, they were “less than a diameter of the full moon apart,” NASA stated in a press release.
“You'll be able to hide the pair not just behind the palm of your outstretched hand, but behind your little pinky finger,” the statement added.
The event is called a conjunction - two celestial bodies have either the same right ascension or the same ecliptic longitude.
Some stargazers say the figure that the two stars form is similar to the biblical ‘Star of Bethlehem’ - according to Christian tradition, it showed the birth of Jesus to the Magi, and later led them to Bethlehem.
The next such event won’t happen until 2023, Rice University astronomer Patrick Hartigan wrote on his website.