Sunday, December 02, 2007

Oh Beautiful Star of Bethlehem

Astronomers and scholars have long speculated about the famous Star of Bethlehem. On August 12, 3 B.C. the brilliant planets Venus and Jupiter were in close conjunction near the bright star Regulus in the constellation Leo in the pre-dawn hours. Could this have been the famous Star? Who knows? I'll leave that to your own speculation, but here is a map created from my Starry Night program which shows a guide to the night sky at 5:00AM on that morning, as viewed from Jerusalem. One thing is certain, the view of those luminous planets would have been beautiful in those starry skies.


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