The Universe, NASA News – Skywatchers are in for an end-of-year treat. What has become known popularly as the “Christmas Star” is an especially vibrant planetary conjunction easily visible in the evening sky over the next two weeks as the bright planets Jupiter and Saturn come together, culminating on the night of Dec. 21.
In 1610, Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei pointed his telescope to the night sky, discovering the four moons of Jupiter – Io, Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto. In that same year, Galileo also discovered a strange oval surrounding Saturn, which later observations determined to be its rings. These discoveries changed how people understood the far reaches of our solar system.
Look up to the skies and see, a Christmas Star Planetary Conjunction shines brightest December 21, 2020.
Thirteen years later, in 1623, the solar system’s two giant planets, Jupiter and Saturn, traveled together across the sky. Jupiter caught up to and passed Saturn, in an astronomical event known as a “Great Conjunction.”
“You can imagine the solar system to be a racetrack, with each of the planets as a runner in their own lane and the Earth toward the center of the stadium,” said Henry Throop, astronomer in the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “From our vantage point, we’ll be able to be to see Jupiter on the inside lane, approaching Saturn all month and finally overtaking it on December 21.”
The planets regularly appear to pass each other in the solar system, with the positions of Jupiter and Saturn being aligned in the sky about once every 20 years.
What makes this year’s spectacle so rare, then? It’s been nearly 400 years since the planets passed this close to each other in the sky, and nearly 800 years since the alignment of Saturn and Jupiter occurred at night, as it will for 2020, allowing nearly everyone around the world to witness this “great conjunction.”
The closest alignment will appear just a tenth of a degree apart and last for a few days. On the 21st, they will appear so close that a pinkie finger at arm’s length will easily cover both planets in the sky. The planets will be easy to see with the unaided eye by looking toward the southwest just after sunset.
From our vantage point on Earth the huge gas giants will appear very close together, but they will remain hundreds of millions of miles apart in space. And while the conjunction is happening on the same day as the winter solstice, the timing is merely a coincidence, based on the orbits of the planets and the tilt of the Earth.
“Conjunctions like this could happen on any day of the year, depending on where the planets are in their orbits,” said Throop. “The date of the conjunction is determined by the positions of Jupiter, Saturn, and the Earth in their paths around the Sun, while the date of the solstice is determined by the tilt of Earth’s axis. The solstice is the longest night of the year, so this rare coincidence will give people a great chance to go outside and see the solar system.”
Want to learn when and where to look up? Join Throop as he talks about the “Great Conjunction” on #NASAScience Live Thursday, Dec. 17. Submit your questions by using #askNASA. The NASA Science Live episode will air live at 3 p.m. EST Thursday on NASA Television and the agency’s website, along with the NASA Facebook, YouTube, and Periscope channels.
For those who would like to see this phenomenon for themselves, here’s what to do:
- Find a spot with an unobstructed view of the sky, such as a field or park. Jupiter and Saturn are bright, so they can be seen even from most cities.
- An hour after sunset, look to the southwestern sky. Jupiter will look like a bright star and be easily visible. Saturn will be slightly fainter and will appear slightly above and to the left of Jupiter until December 21, when Jupiter will overtake it and they will reverse positions in the sky.
- The planets can be seen with the unaided eye, but if you have binoculars or a small telescope, you may be able to see Jupiter’s four large moons orbiting the giant planet.
Each night, the two planets will appear closer low in the southwest in the hour after sunset as illustrated in the below graphic:
Santa Clarita, Calif. – A Santa Clarita family opens a new healing center that will feature two very unique and exclusive “energy” pods, with a vision to help people heal themselves holistically. On December 21st, 2020 (The Great Conjunction) The Healing Studio will open its doors to The Santa Clarita Valley and surrounding communities.
The Harmonic Eggs are wooden chambers that create the perfect environment for deep relaxation and promoting inner balance. The Egg uses sacred geometry, light, color, and sound frequencies (music) to empower the body’s own healing energy.
The Harmonic Egg experience is a powerful tool, assisting in relief, rejuvenation and while providing healing benefits for people all over the world who:
- Suffer from pain
- Coping with anger, stress & anxiety
- Grapple with an illness or disease
- Suffer from depression, PTSD, grief, trauma, or emotional pain
- Face challenges with ADD, ADHD, and Autism
- Are battling addiction
- Are dealing with sleeping disorders and so much more!
The Harmonic Egg experience is a fifty-minute session that allows you to relax in a zero-gravity chair in the center of the wooden chamber. While you relax under specific colors of light and listen to intentionally composed healing/meditation music. You can very easily fall into a deep meditative state where your body gets a chance to destress and reset your autonomic nervous system.
The Healing Studio Press Release
Los Angeles, Calif. – In this Auction, you will truly find something for everyone. From the legendary beginnings of the entertainment industry to contemporary titles and blockbusters.
There are a number of incredible private collections on offer here including items from writer/director/producer Frank Darabont, producer/director/cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld, and actor Jonathan Lipnicki.
Also included is an extensive section devoted to music, including The Beatles, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, Bob Marley and Billie Eilish, to name just a few. In the sports arena, we are offering game-worn jerseys from basketball legends Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
Following is just a glimpse of the items awaiting you in this auction:
Margaret Hamilton “Wicked Witch of the West” screen-worn flying hat from The Wizard of Oz.David O. Selznick signed agreement to produce Gone With the Wind and confirming Clark Gable will play “Rhett Butler”.
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Elizabeth Taylor “Cleopatra” lavender gown and headdress from Cleopatra (1963).Marlon Brando “Fletcher Christian” Royal Navy officer uniform from Mutiny on the Bounty (1962).Original Lucasfilm-sanctioned “Darth Vader” promotional costume for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes back and Return of the Jedi.
Bob Dylan handwritten and signed lyrics to his revolutionary classic song “Like a Rolling Stone”. Michael Keaton original “Batman” cowl and display from Batman Returns.Frank Darabont personal 3-sheet poster from Planet of the Apes signed by Charlton Heston, Roddy McDowall and James Whitmore.Original Bob Peak poster concept artwork for Apocalypse Now. Ultra-heavy “Thor” Mjölnir hammer used by all the Avengers in the “worthy test” sequence in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Moe Howard’s (70+) page handwritten manuscript for his autobiography Moe Howard and the Three Stooges.Robert Keeshan’s iconic “Captain Kangaroo” jacket from Captain Kangaroo. Lou Ferrigno “The Hulk” screen worn costume on custom display from The Incredible Hulk.
Richard Attenborough’s Directors Guild Award from 1982 for Most Outstanding Directorial Achievement for the classic Gandhi.Kevin Costner “Mariner” costume ensemble from Waterworld. Director Barry Sonnenfeld’s annotated shooting script from The Addams Family.
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Los Angeles, Calif. – The Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting is an international screenwriting competition established to identify and encourage talented new screenwriters. Each of the winners receives a $35,000 prize and will complete a feature-length screenplay within their fellowship year.
Actors Stephanie Beatriz, Michael Peña, Lou Diamond Phillips and Taylor Russell will appear in a table reading of selected scenes from the five winning scripts. The program, which will be available to stream online, is directed by 2011 Nicholl fellows Burlee and Abel Vang and hosted by Aldis Hodge.
Stephanie Beatriz, “Brooklyn Nine-Nine”
Michael Peña, “End of Watch”
Lou Diamond Phillips, “The 33”
Taylor Russell, “Waves”
Aldis Hodge (host), “One Night in Miami”
James Acker, “SadBoi”
Beth Curry, “Lemon”
Vanar Jaddou, “Goodbye, Iraq”
Kate Marks, “The Cow of Queens”
Jane Therese, “Sins of My Father”
Burlee and Abel Vang, writer-directors, “The Tiger’s Child,” “Bedeviled,” “They Live in the Grey”
David Rubin, Academy President
Available to stream online beginning Thursday, December 3 at 10 a.m. PST
New Holiday Music From Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets, Grant-Lee Phillips, Eli Paperboy Reed and Josh Rouse.
Music News – Yep Roc Records brings seasonal cheer with new holiday music from Nick Lowe & Los Straitjackets, Grant-Lee Phillips, Eli Paperboy Reed, and Josh Rouse.
Following 2013’s Quality Street: A Seasonal Selection for All the Family, one of the decade’s most acclaimed holiday albums, Nick Lowe teams up with Los Straitjackets for two rocking renditions of holiday classics: “Winter Wonderland” and “Let It Snow.” Staples in the set from their ‘Quality Holiday Revue’ tours, these newly-recorded fan-favorites recently came together in a series of Trans-Atlantic sessions. A Bandcamp exclusive on December 4; available at all streaming services on December 7.
Acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Grant-Lee Phillips has unwrapped Yuletide, a four-song EP of Americana-crooning holiday tunes. The EP features Phillips’ original “Winterglow,” popularized by his town troubadour character on the “Gilmore Girls,” and he breathes new life into classics like Nat King Cole’s “Take Me Back to Toyland” and Frank Sinatra’s “An Old-Fashioned Christmas.” The set concludes with his spin on the New Year’s staple “Auld Lang Syne,” adding a topical new verse to inspire hope towards days of peace. The EP is available at all DSPs.
Eli Paperboy Reed puts his soulful spin on Wham!’s “Last Christmas” with big band-style horns and an arrangement that makes it sound like it was recorded two decades prior to the original 1984 version. The B-side is an original, “Merry Christmas To Me,” which he co-wrote with Ryan Sparker on a hot July day, while both were on tour in Portugal and feeling homesick. A deeply soulful song that conjures the melancholy feeling of being alone at Christmas, reflecting on a troublesome year, with a gleam of hope that “next year will be better.” Here’s to that! Available at all DSPs on November 30.
Originally only available on his first-ever holiday album, The Holiday Sounds of Josh Rouse (First Edition CD/LP,) Josh Rouse’s rendition of Mariah Carey’s classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You” makes its digital debut. The song shifts from big, bright bouncy pop to a softer, gentler vibe, as he delivers the lyrics with a more introspective tone. The B-side is a new version of the traditional “Angels We Have Heard On High.” Both songs were recorded in Nashville and produced by Rouse’s longtime partner in vibe, Brad Jones. Available at all DSPs on December 1.