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Star-gazing Rare 'Christmas star' will be visible tonight after 800-year absence

It has been speculated by some that a similar astronomical event could be the explanation behind the Star of Bethlehem, hence the 'Christmas Star' nickname.

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The cosmic phenomenon, which could have caused awe and wonder more than 2,000 years ago, is set to take place again, just four days before Christmas (stock photo)

The cosmic phenomenon, which could have caused awe and wonder more than 2,000 years ago, is set to take place again, just four days before Christmas (stock photo)

The cosmic phenomenon, which could have caused awe and wonder more than 2,000 years ago, is set to take place again, just four days before Christmas (stock photo)

It has been 800 years since a rare phenomenon known as the ‘Christmas star’ was visible in the night sky and now it has made a return. 

Jupiter and Saturn will be closer together in the sky tonight which coincides with the winter solstice, than they have been in 400 years.

However, this will be the first time in eight centuries that the 'Great Conjunction', as it is known, will happen at night.

This will offer star gazers the opportunity to see the rare bright light as the two planets appear very close together, despite being hundreds of millions of miles apart.

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There will be a spectacular sky this Christmas

There will be a spectacular sky this Christmas

There will be a spectacular sky this Christmas

NASA says these 'conjunctions' can happen on any day of the year, so it's a rare coincidence that it is taking place on the winter solstice.

It has been speculated by some that a similar astronomical event could be the explanation behind the Star of Bethlehem, hence the 'Christmas Star' nickname.

Those who want to view the once-in-a-lifetime event should head outside after sunset. If the sky is clear, the two planets will become visible just above the horizon about an hour after the sun goes down.

NASA recommends finding a spot with an unobstructed view of the sky, such as a field or park but Jupiter and Saturn are so bright they can still be seen even in most cities.

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