An early title for the movie that became“Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was “Watch the Skies.” In fact, the phrase was used in the film’s ad campaign.
In ancient times, Persian astrologers known as magi (they were not kings) also searched the night skies. They believed the appearance of a new star signaled the birth of a future king.
One night the astrologers—we don’t know how many—noticed a strange phenomenon. Modern scientists think the event may have been the conjunction of two pla...
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