|Christmas Star: the fact & the
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The Christmas star has traditionally been
associated with the spirit of the celebration. But do we know
what is so special about it? Let's explore!
The stars that appear in the night sky of today are the same ones that
appreared there two thousand years ago.
Was there a nova at the time of Jesus' birth? The exact time of
His birth is not known, but astronomers cannot place a new star
appearance anywhere near the possible time of birth. Could it have been
a shooting star? Again, the astronomers say it was not likely.
A meteor lasts only a few seconds or minutes at best. The wise
men followed the star for weeks looking for Jesus. We can rule
out comets as well. They can be seen by the naked eye for a
week or months. But modern astronomers know which comets were
close enough to earth hundreds and thousands of years ago and
there was no comet visible to humans around the time of
Some star gazers suggest that if we move the birth of Jesus to
the springtime of 6 B.C., we can attribute the star to the time
the planets Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn were close together in
the heavens. They formed a triangle in the group of stars known