Monday, December 1, 2008

Following yonder star

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Tonight that IS my world, the sky right above the horizon! I've been out watching for hours.

My moshav/village nestles on top of a hill and on the terraced sides of the hill.
This is the view just two minutes' walk from my house, looking west.

At 5:00 p.m. this rare clustering of Venus, Jupiter, and the crescent moon was a sight to see!
The next time the three will be as close and visible as this week will be Nov. 18, 2052.
Gee, I won't be around by then . . .

By 5:33 the sky was black. 
The bright stars looked like a smiley face.

The moon got yellowish after 7:00. I think it is going to eclipse Venus--an "occultation" of Venus!
As the crow flies Bethlehem is only 25 miles from here.
With Advent just starting, this strange phenomenon in the sky could not but remind me of the Star of Bethlehem (even if I am Jewish).
Hey Christians, aren't you glad the three Magi looked up and saw, and GOT up and followed their star?
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39 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

How very, very beautiful! Timeless and wonderful!

ewok1993 said...

You are so lucky you witnessed this. I just saw this on the news.

Happy work week.

richies said...

I bet that was an awesome sight. It is hard to photograph the beauty of the night sky, but you did a great job.

An Arkie's Musings

Fida said...

Magnificent. A friend of mine - an amateur astronomer – emailed me about it and his words were full of excitement, I could literally “see” him topple over his equipment :-)

Sylvia K said...

How marvelous that you were there and able to catch such an incredible sight! Your photos are gorgeous, as always. Thanks!

Arija said...

Dina, I was standing in awe under the same heavenly configuration last night. All three were soooo bright! Belief is one thing, feasts are another. we take our feasts as we find them and enjoy the preparations and the get togethers. Me, I do believe in God, but man decreed religion like nationalism is anathema to me. More peolpe have been slaughtere in the name of both than for any other reason.

bennie and patsy said...

You funny lady, Yes I am happy they looked up. LOL
Patsy

fishing guy said...

Dina: What a neat capture and that can be seen around the world.

BTW: Age is not a deterrent at Kent.

Wren said...

Dina, I love the insights into Israel and Jerusalem you give us each week. Great photos - thanks for inviting us into your world.

Guy D said...

Those are great shots, I cannot wait to visit Israel one day.

Cheers
Regina In Pictures

Your EG Tour Guide said...

The skies are amazing right now with Venus and Jupiter so close. I don't think I'll be here in 2052 either.

FickleMinded said...

the moon looks like a smile in the sky! :)
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magiceye said...

we share the same world! check out my post!

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

It's an amazing sight you are getting to see

Indrani said...

It looks like a smiling face. We were unlucky as it was very cloudy here, nothing was visible. Good capture, Dina.

kaybee said...

Dina, you take the most amazing photos....and imagine having the patience to wait for that configuration to take place! Yes, I am one who is very thankful that the Magi knew the Scriptures well enough to follow the star to Bethlehem -- bringing their gifts to the Gift that was given to the world!

dot said...

Oh beautiful star of Bethlehem shine on! We sang that at church last night.
Beautiful sky shots!

mommanator said...

that was an unbelievable sight indeed! It wasn't as close together here in Florida. at work they blamed the craziness on the phenomonen

Meems @HoeandShovel said...

Hi Dina, Came over from Sue's blog "a corner garden". So glad to find you and to find a blog in Jerusalem... how VERY exciting! So many beautiful photos of the rare clustering. And yes, it also reminds me of the star of Bethlehem... I'm glad the Magi (I don't think there is an exact reference in the Bible to the number being three)got up and followed their star. :-) shalom, Meems

Petrea said...

Magnificent, Dina. I'm lucky I have you to watch the skies over Jerusalem for me.

USelaine said...

I got to see the stars pretty close together a couple of nights ago, but then we got inconvenient fog. Thanks for showing us your shots - lovely.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh that is so neat that you were able to capture that, they showed that on the news here tonight. Thanks for sharing that with us

Pietro said...

Great sequence, Dina!
And to think on the moon the sky is black with the sun shining in it!

Catherine said...

Wonderful post here, Dina.
You got the Essence of Christms in these pictures.
I'm glad you were one of our "Magi" to report this. I know you look at everything and your open minded see.

Mediterranean kiwi said...

JERUSALEM, MUMBAI and HANIA saw exactl ythe same moon yesterday!!! i havent uploaded my photo of this yet, but when i do i shall link to this post.

I simply cannot believe we saw the same sky last night from such different parts fo the world!!!!!!

Jedediah said...

Gorgeous photos. It was cloudy in Hamburg, so I'm happy that I at least get to see this here.

Dina ... UK said...

what a beautiful picture,
I am R.C. and what comes to mind is:
Star of wonder, star of light,
you are in a place were all the religious story's I heard and read as a child came from....
All the places you mention are as if i know them.
Thank you.

Dick said...

Lucky you, great pictures. I saw it in the newspaper.

Bestemor Aud said...

Very special and beautiful shots!
I had not heard of it before I saw it on your blog.
We have had much cloudy weather the last week, and I'm not sure if it had been possible to see it here.
Yes, I'm very glad and thankful that the wise men followed the star. I've wondered why - a sign that this child had significance for the whole world?
The Christmas message is so strong!

Sharon said...

I saw this same sight last night and was just awe-struck. What a beautiful and rare sight. I'm so glad you were able to photograph it.

JC said...

Amazing. Thanks for taking the time to share this with us. As a Christian, I'm very glad the Wise Men followed and Wise Men and Women are still following. Let's see now I'll be 99 when this comes around again. It could happen. HA!

soulbrush said...

gorgeous night sky.

Katney said...

I took a similar picture last night. I haven't yet uploaded it to the computer as we just got home from our two weeks away. We'll see if I did as well as you did--if it is good, I will use it for Skywatch.

Kay said...

Oh my goodness, Dina! This is amazing! Your photos are spectacular! We were trying and trying to get a good, clear shot of the moon with Jupiter and Venus and had the worst time. I was going to put it up on Sky Watch Friday. We tried to get a better shot last night but we've been getting cloudy evenings. We've been noticing the planets and moon for several days wondering which planets they were until we heard it on the news. Maybe tomorrow will be better.

Pretty Prats said...

The smiley was very clear in my part of world .. but i did not have a camera when i saw it ... !

Sunita said...

I saw this wonderful sight too here in Mumbai. And silly, silly me ... I thought it was a special heavenly show put up only for the people of Mumbai :)
I'm sure you can use it just as much in Israel, cant you?
I'm continually amazed by this blogging world. I followed a link on my sitemeter to someone in Texas, who in turn led me here to Israel. Amazing!

Shimmy Mom said...

BEAUTIFUL!!! WE knew about it, but our skies were to cloudy to see it that night. *sigh*
Thanks for sharing.
*hugs*

Dina said...

Thanks everyone. Our shared excitement over the moon and planets just proves we have not lost our sense of AWE and wonder!
Such beauty in the Creation.

ascu75 aka Don said...

Awesome, and yes I am pleased they looked up. The world would be a better place if we looked up to God instead of down on others. Bless you.XX Don