As I drove home from having a wonderful time with two friends at Izzo’s playing Trivia, I looked at the night sky and the bright heavenly bodies visible on one November night. We have had so much cloudiness this month that it is a treat to see the stars again…also the sun for the little time it is out these days.
In the south/southwest skies right now, are two incredibly bright planets. I still remember some instruction I learned a long time ago….if it shines with a steady, unblinking light, it is a planet…stars really do "twinkle" like tiny lights flashing on and off.
My curiosity was aroused; I had to find out what these two bright bodies are, so I went to the internet and found out that we are seeing Venus and Jupiter at this time. Jupiter is the biggest one and it is so big and so bright! Venus is often the "evening star" in the south or western sky but you do not always get such a good look at the other planets like Mars, Saturn and Jupiter. I doubt that the outer planets would be that visible to the naked eye…Uranus Neptune, and Pluto are much too far away to see without a telescope I would think. Sometimes Mercury is visible to us but not as often (I think) as the other 4…Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn which seem to appear regularly during the year at different times.
I know I have read that the Star of Bethlehem could have been a rare planetary display of 2-3 planets which had aligned in a special position— all at the same time. I still believe, with the faith of a Believer, that God created that special star for the birth of His Son sent to Earth at just the right time in God’s plan. But it is interesting to contemplate that God could also have aligned the planets in that special way at that special time.
Seeing the starry night sky tonight was a special thrill—-after so many starless, moonless, planet-less nights in November.