Thursday, December 22, 2005

Star Of Bethlehem May Have Been A Planetary Conjunction

MUNCIE, Ind. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – The Star of Bethlehem, which supposedly led the three wise men to Jesus after his birth, may have been a planetary conjunction.

Ron Kaitchuck, director of Ball State University’s planetarium says that’s a theory that has been kicked around for several years among astronomers.

He says back in 2 B.C. there was a planetary conjunction between Jupiter and Venus – that’s where the planets pass close enough near each other that from the Earth’s point of view, their light joins together and becomes even brighter.

Kaitchuck says it would have occurred in the western sky which is the direction the three kings would have traveled.

But he adds, having more information would be helpful considering the only account of the so-called Star of Bethlehem came from the book of Matthew.

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