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PODCAST: John Carlson's "And Another Thing..." Dec17, 2020

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Jupiter (left) and Saturn will appear to form a single star in the night sky on the 2020 winter equinox, Dec. 21, 2020. KVI's John Carlson interview astronomer{ } and author, David Aguilar, about the 'Christmas star' and why it will be brighter next week than it has appeared in 800 years.{ } (Graphic Credit: NASA/GSFC via Associated Press)

GUEST: award winning author about astronomy and space, David Aguilar, is releasing an updated version of his book "The National Geographic Space Encyclopedia", he talks about the 'conjunction', the coming planetary phenomenon earthlings will see on Dec. 21st (if the clouds/weather cooperate), how the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn next week will be brighter in the sky than it has in 800 years, the 'conjunction' is probably what people in Bethlehem described as the bright star connoting Jesus's birth, he notes that Chinese, Arabs and Greeks were marvelous at documenting astrological events that helped track these major events, why his book is a perfect Christmas gift, why he thinks humans (hopefully Americans) will be exploring the surface of Mars in 15-20 years.

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