As most of you likely know already, Jupiter and Saturn will align tonight, providing a spectacle in the sky for those with a view unimpaired by cloudy weather. While these planets appear to pass in close proximity (relative to our view from Earth) every twenty years, it has been four centuries since they appeared this close and eight since they were this close at night.
As a bonus, this conjunction coincides with the winter solstice.
For those lacking a clear view of the southwestern skies, the Griffith Observatory (above) and NASA, among others, will be broadcasting the view.
Needless to say, many people have dubbed the event the “Christmas Star” or the “Star of Bethlehem.”