The story of scholars from the east, following the Christmas Star, seeking to find the King of the Jews, has been told countless numbers of times. It is a story filled with awe, wonder, and intrigue, as the scriptures do not give astronomers much information about what the Christmas Star may have been.
As a professor of astronomy, I have spent many hours pondering what the Star of Bethlehem might have been. There are several possibilities: could the Star of Bethlehem have been a comet? A nova? A supernova? Or a ‘line-up’ of bright planets, known in technical terms as a planetary conjunction? Or was the Star of Bethlehem possibly a miracle in its own right, just as the incarnation – the word becoming flesh – is a miracle of miracles?
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