One of those is the planetary trio that will occur this evening in the night sky. Look to the west just after the setting of the sun and you will see Jupiter, Mercury and Venus just above the horizon. A planetary trio like this will not reoccur until 2021.
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Both Mercury and Venus will appear as a "morning star" or "evening star" throughout the year, however, Jupiter will only appear with Mercury and Venus as an evening star once every 12 years. Because of their orbits, they will always appear on the same side of the horizon as the sun when they are seen.
The Native American legends and the correlating 260-day Sacred Round (also called the tzolkin) Mayan and Aztec calendars state that Venus (the brightest of the stars), or the "Dawn Star," follows the life and death of a white and bearded god named Quetzalcoatl who visited them in the first century AD (which sounds a lot like the resurrected Christ).
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According to the Venus and Hebrew calendars, the three wise men appeared on May 27th, 1 B.C., correlating with the three stars coming together at their closest positions this evening.
All three planets can be seen within a simple binocular view with Mercury being the most difficult to see without the aid of binoculars.
Either way, pull out your binoculars this evening at dusk and show your family something they won't see for another 12 years. That's what I'll be doing . . .