Comet Lovejoy

In the world of astronomy everything is spectacular, but something happened recently that even has astronomers astounded.

Comet Lovejoy, discovered November 27, 2011, by amateur astronomer Terry Lovejoy, followed a deadly orbit that was too near the sun. Astronomers were almost certain that the comet could not survive its path through the sun. On December 16, 2011, it passed approximately 87,000 miles above the Sun’s surface, absorbing temperatures in the Sun’s corona that are known to reach upwards of 2 million degrees Fahrenheit. Minutes later, and surprising observers watching around the world, Comet Lovejoy appeared on the other side of the Sun. Most astronomers who observed the phenomenon surmise the comet survived due to its larger than expected mass of ice.

Comet Lovejoy attracted the attention of people all over the globe. Facebook lit up with the reports about the discovery of the comet and its trajectory. When the comet survived, astronomers and common folks rejoiced.

This, and all other spectacular events in the heavens, reminds me of a star long ago, another star that seemed destined for a purpose. Those Magi from the east turned their attention to the star and followed its path to Bethlehem where they found the Christ child and left gifts of gold, incense, and myrrh.

This star which they had “seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed. On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him” (Matthew 2: 9-11).

What astounding news. News worthy of joy, adoration, and worship.

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