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Wow! Monday the 21st was the official Winter Solstice, which is the first day of winter in the northern hemisphere.

But the weather was absolutely gorgeous and we will have a few more days that will be awesome!

This year’s Winter Solstice is even better in that we get to witness the “Christmas Star”.

Jupiter and Saturn appeared closer to each other than they have for nearly 400 years, and even better, it has been about 800 years since they were so easily seen with the naked eye.

This happening is called a “great conjunction” because Saturn and Jupiter are the two largest planets in the Solar System.

It began Monday night but will continue to be visible after sunset throughout the rest of December.

The timing couldn’t be better because the Winter Solstice is the shortest day of the year, meaning a very long night, giving you plenty of opportunity to see this special star.

It will be in the southwest sky, pretty low on the horizon.

We will also be witnessing some meteor showers so you might get to see a few shooting stars if you are stargazing this week.

Our solar system is always amazing to me and this special Christmas Star is a gift from God.

I’m usually telling you to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, but now I’m saying “Get outside in the dark and look at the stars!”

Have a Merry Christmas and always…Enjoy the Earth! Diana