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Christmas Star May Have Been a Rare Planetary Alignment

Christmas Star May Have Been a Rare Planetary Alignment

It really needs no introduction. Outside of the North Star, it’s the most famous navigational celestial object in history, even though it was only used once. It’s called the Star of Bethlehem or the Christmas Star even though it’s never been scientifically proven that it was indeed a star. Now, an astronomer says he has proof the Christmas Star was actually produced by a rare planetary alignment that may never happen again.

Grant Mathews, professor of theoretical astrophysics and cosmology in the Department of Physics in the University of Notre Dame’s College of Science, has been studying the origin of the Star of Bethlehem for a decade (nice work if you can get it). The uniqueness and brief observational record of the ‘star’ requires analyzing both biblical and historical writings as well ancient astronomical and astrological charts of the skies over Bethlehem and over ancient Babylon and Mesopotamia where the…

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