Star of Bethlehem

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Star of Bethlehem

Postby madmartian » Tue Dec 27, 2005 2:56 pm

There could only be one astronomical question at this time of year, namely "What was the Star of Bethlehem?"
The link below takes you to a past "Question and Answer" session with PM. IN this he expresses his facour for the meteor theory, which explains the movement and the fact that we have only the biblical reference to it.
I have devised an extension of this theory, which changes the meteor into a small asteroid which explodes above Bethlehem. Please tell me what you think of this idea, and possibly add your own.

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RE: Star of Bethlehem

Postby conor mcdonald » Wed Dec 28, 2005 9:30 pm

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RE: Star of Bethlehem

Postby big dipper » Sun Jan 01, 2006 1:33 pm

Although a supernova or perhaps Venus I think that the basic answer is that we'll never know for sure. As Patrick comments on the above link, they wouldn't have been very wise men to be fooled by Venus!
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RE: Star of Bethlehem

Postby harmsway » Sun Jan 01, 2006 2:56 pm

Men of that time understood the sky well. This leaves out the possibility of any planet causing a stir. But the alignment of a the planets, that would be significant. Maybe not two or three but 5 or more, yes. The question is was there such an event durning that time. A good astronomy program should tell. Although I haven't tried myself yet. Anyone?

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