Star of Bethlehem? How to see Tuesday’s bright celestial event

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A glorious conjunction between the two brightest planets in our night sky occurs Tuesday evening, June 30.

Right after the sun sets at 8:08 p.m., head outside and look west. Just above the horizon, you’ll see a bright object in the night sky as Jupiter and Venus come within 1/3 of a degree of each other.

Some are calling this “The Star of Bethlehem” conjunction because Jupiter and Venus did something similar near the star Regulus in 3/2BC. Many astronomers have speculated that this ancient celestial event is the one recorded in the Bible’s Gospel of Matthew.

During this conjunction, Jupiter and Venus came within 1/100 of a degree of each other, becoming indistinguishable to the naked eye.

For Tuesday, there’s a 40 percent chance of scattered thundershowers from late morning and midday Tuesday. By late afternoon, the best storm chance is east of Interstate 65 toward the Cumberland Plateau. The skies should clear up in the evening.If you are outside and get a picture of the conjunction, be sure to email them to pix@wkrn.com or through the News 2 App.

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