It is Christmas Eve as I write but, in 2020, a Christmas Eve like none that most of us will ever have seen: one with COVID, lockdowns, instructions to avoid meeting family and friends and unaccustomed solitude for many. It is also a Christmas Eve that follows a very special event: the so-called Great Conjunction [...]
Is this the Star that The Magi Saw?
Many explanations have been proposed for the Star of Bethlehem, the star that guided the Magi to Jerusalem. One of the most popular is that of the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn that took place during 7BC. Although it is not exactly the same event that is repeating this Christmas, sky watchers can see an [...]
The Calendar, Father Christmas and the Three Kings
The Calendar, Father Christmas and the Three Kings Christmas is celebrated in many different ways around the world and at different times. The town of Bethlehem celebrates Christmas no fewer than three times: on December 25th, on January 6th and on January 19th. The reason for this is that the Church of the Nativity [...]
The Christmas Sky
If the seemingly incessant autumnal – and now winter – storms abate for Christmas (and the weather forecast for Spain suggests that they might) you may get a chance to look up at the Christmas sky. If you do so as darkness falls, you will not be able to miss the brilliant, white “star”, low [...]