A Christmas Star Will Light Up The New Mexico Sky For The First Time In Centuries
It looks like 2020 is preparing to finish with a bang. In a year that darkened most plans and lives, the night skies in December will light up with some spectacular events. An annual meteor shower will occur mid-month during the new moon and an exceptionally rare “Christmas Star” is expected to shine bright just a few days later on December 21.
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The Great Conjunction—or, the Star of Bethlehem—will take place on the evening of December 21, 2020. It will be best visible in the southwestern sky approximately 45 minutes after sunset. For additional details about viewing the conjunction, or to learn more about the science behind this celestial event, visit the EarthSky website.
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at email@example.com.
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