Christmas Comet

Christmas Comet Makes Final Appearance

The Bible tells us that the sky will be the home to many signs and wonders. One such astrological miracle is that of “wandering stars” or as we know them today: Comets.

This Thursday, astronomers urge us to take a look at the night sky as comet C/2021 A1, better known as Comet Leonard, will be approaching Venus after passing the Earth. This will be the last time to see this particular Christmas comet as researchers believe it will never pass this way again.

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 Arizona University’s A News reports that the comet will be seen low in the southwestern sky just around sunset. But the comet’s discoverer claims that it will come so close to Venus Thursday night that it will be a “cosmic close call.”

“There is a small chance Venus will pass close enough to the comet’s path where it may pick up some dust grains in its atmosphere, producing a meteor shower on our neighboring planet,” said Gregory Leonard, a senior research specialist at the University of Arizona Lunar and Planetary Laboratory. He is the discoverer and namesake of the comet. 

The Biblical Connection to the Christmas Comet

The New Testaments apostle Jude may have been describing the phenomenon of comets when he wrote in his epistle about “wandering stars,” according to the Institution of Creation Research (ICR). “Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.” -Jude 13.

In the Scripture, Jude is warning his readers about false teachers, which he likens to “wandering stars.” 

In an online article, the IRC explains, “The analogy is evident: just as a false teacher sometimes appears as “an angel of light” (II Corinthians 11:14), so a comet in proximity to the sun has a brilliant tail of gas emanating from its icy head which is illuminated by the sun. The nearness of a comet to the sun is only temporary, for the comet soon departs to a remote region of the solar system where the diminished light of the sun cannot vaporize its icy mass. A comet far from the sun is invisible to even the most powerful telescope and can be described as residing in “outer darkness.”

The IRC also makes it clear that this is the only reference in the Bible that we can relate to Comets. 

On an interesting note, this particular Christmas Comet comes one year after another Christmas Celestial Phenomenon that was likened to the star of Bethlehem. The Lord warns us to be watchful, do you think He is saying anything with these celestial wonders?

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