Tuesday, June 30, Jupiter and Venus will converge and create a dazzling “super-star” in the Western horizon after sunset, NASA says.
“Every night in June, the separation between Venus and Jupiter will visibly shrink,” says NASA.
The conjunction [when two or more objects appear very close together in the sky] of the two planets has been building during June and will culminate on the evening of June 30 when Venus and Jupiter will appear in the sky just a third of a degree apart.
As soon as it gets dark, look to the west-northwest sky. The planets are so bright they could be mistaken for airplanes, but after about two hours for most latitudes, they will set and become difficult to see.
Sky & Telescope suggests that a similar rare conjunction of Venus and Jupiter may have been what’s been called the “Star of Bethlehem” in 3-2 BC.
For more on the story, see Star of Bethlehem? Jupiter and Venus converge in night sky.
The youtube video below presents one explanation of what occurred in the heavens to cause the Star of Bethlehem:
Signs Of Thy Coming – The Star Of Bethlehem