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Christmas Star 2020

Some are calling it the Christmas Star. Ready for viewing on December 21. This December 21.

The Internet is brimming with information. I’ve perused a few webpages and thought I’d share a bit with you.

Every 20 years, our solar system’s largest planets align during their orbits around the sun. Jupiter and Saturn’s last conjunction was in 2000. But this year is particularly special because the two will appear to separated by just one-fifth the diameter of a full moon – or 0.1 degrees – an occurrence the world hasn’t seen since the Middle Ages.

The last time Jupiter and Saturn came this close was 1623, but that conjunction was too near the sun to be seen by Earthlings. So 1226 is actually the most recent time such a close conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn was visible to humans.  
This information comes from Worlds align this winter solstice: Look for Jupiter, Saturn in December skies  Wyatte Grantham-Philips  USA TODAY

I was told from a source that I cannot cite for you that this 1623 occurrence which is believed to have not been seen was about the time the Mayflower arrived here in America. Interesting. I think. 

Another interesting article can be found here: A ‘Christmas Star’ we haven’t seen in 800 years will be twinkling over N.J. skies later this month

Then there is the Astronomy website with a piece entitled: Jupiter and Saturn will form rare “Christmas Star” on winter solstice

Here’s an Excerpt from Astronomy:

This December, Jupiter and Saturn will put on a show for skygazers that hasn’t been seen in roughly 800 years. Astronomers are calling it the Great Conjunction of 2020. On December 21 — coincidentally the winter solstice — the two largest planets in our solar system will appear to almost merge in Earth’s night sky.

During the event, Jupiter and Saturn will sit just 0.1 degrees apart, or a mere one-fifth the width of the Moon. The sight will likely leave many casual observers wondering “What are those large, bright objects so close together in the sky?”

In fact, Jupiter and Saturn will be so close that you will be able to fit them both in the same telescopic field of view. That’s an incredibly rare occurrence. The last time Jupiter and Saturn were this close together away from the Sun was in 1226 A.D., at a time when Genghis Khan was conquering large swaths of Asia, and Europe was still generations away from the Renaissance.

Humanity won’t have to wait quite as long to see the solar system’s two largest planets repeat this month’s performance, though. Another Great Conjunction will occur in 2080. Of course, many of us alive today won’t be around then, so it would be wise to soak in this show while you can.

There is much more information at the Astronomy site, including, but not limited to, charts, helpful information to locate and experience this event; as well as a YouTube window which will be LIVE STREAMING on December 21. 

So if you are interested, you might want to visit the site, bookmark it, and return on December 21. 

Watching the Skies ~ ~ ~

Did you know?

Did you know Peter read Paul’s Epistles? 
I think he did.
2 Peter 3:16. 
Well, let’s start at verse 14 for the fun of it. 

14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless; 15 and consider that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation—as also our beloved brother Paul, according to the wisdom given to him, has written to you, 16 as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures.  source 

And look at that Peter calls his readers, beloved. I remember in some recent studies I was comforted and encouraged at the depth (what I saw in the Text) of love Paul had for his people. And I think as I study Peter more I will find he had great love too. 

Our beloved brother Paul.
Wow.

According to the wisdom given to him, he wrote to you. 

And then verse 16. as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of things, . . .

Peter read Paul’s Epistles. 

I like that!

One more thing. Did you know the word PEACE appears 397 times in the NKJV? 

A Taste

I am writing from recall from early morning – 3:00 ish.  The Little One had stirred hungry. So, I fetched him from his crib and while he gulped down eight ounces of formula snug between us, love and blessings carassed my thoughts.

Thoughts of the difference from now and then. Thoughts of how I didn’t know. Thoughts I wasn’t then and grateful to be now. Thank You, LORD GOD. Not that I got to but I get to.

I get to be free. I get to be kind. I get to be patient. I get to be grateful. I get to be happy. I get to overcome me!. I get to love you!

Nothing about this Jesus Life is I GOT TO. It’s all I GET TO! It’s Freedom. This is what freedom in Christ in this moment feels like. I get to love this baby. I get to hear him drink in noursishment. I get to desire the sincere milk of the Word.  See 1 Peter 2:2-4. I get to snuggle with this little package of love. I get to. A life of I get to. It’s a taste of Heaven on earth!

I GET TO! Got it? Good. 🙂

Iron Bowl Saturday!

Just for fun!

Today’s the day!  Either way in my family there will be cheers; I would say tears but I doubt it — either way!

Iron Bowl
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Iron Bowl is the name given to the Alabama–Auburn football rivalry.[1] It is an American college football rivalry game played annually by the football teams of the two largest public universities in the U.S. state of Alabama, the Auburn University Tigers and University of Alabama Crimson Tide, both charter members of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The series is considered one of the most important football rivalries in the annals of American sports.[2][3]

As the rivalry was played in Birmingham, Alabama for many years at Legion Field, the name of the Iron Bowl comes from Birmingham’s historic role in the steel industry.[4] Auburn Coach Shug Jordan is credited with coining the rivalry game’s nickname as the “Iron Bowl” in a 1964 interview. Auburn coach Ralph Jordan was asked by reporters how he would deal with the disappointment of not taking his team to a bowl game, Jordan responded, “We’ve got our bowl game. We have it every year. It’s the Iron Bowl in Birmingham.”[5]

For much of the 20th century, the game was played every year in Birmingham at Legion Field, with Alabama winning 34 games and Auburn 19. Four games were played in Montgomery, Alabama, with each team winning two.[6] Since 2000, the games have been played at Jordan–Hare Stadium in Auburn every odd-numbered year and at Bryant–Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa every even-numbered year. Auburn has a 9–5 record in games played at Jordan–Hare Stadium and a 7–4 record in games played in Tuscaloosa,[6] with 5 of those wins coming at Bryant-Denny.

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