PHOTOS: So-called "Star of Bethlehem" seen over Houston

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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Eyewitness News viewers caught the two brightest planets in our night sky paired up last night. During this conjunction, Jupiter and Venus came within 1/100 of a degree of each other, becoming indistinguishable to the naked eye.

Some called this "The Star of Bethlehem" conjunction because Jupiter and Venus did something similar near the star Regulus in 3/2BC. Many astronomers speculated that this ancient celestial event is the one recorded in the Bible's Gospel of Matthew.