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    Default In the spirit of christmas i have a christmas/astronomy question!



    So at this moment I am way too lazy to open my bible and see what day or time it was or anything like that, but I wanted to know if anyone knows what the star was the the three wisemen followed to find Jesus. Was it polaris? I am just wondering if anyone knows this off hand thanks a lot guys.

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    The jostling of calanders over 200 years doesn't give us a date. So several people have tried to answer this question. Each has their own belief.

    The one I like best relies on the astrology of the Persian wise men. They would have seen a planet, like Jupiter, in a particular constelation and found that important.

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    It has been theorized that it was perhaps Haley's Comet. It could have been a super nova or any number of things. Maybe even God put it there. Or it could just be a story.

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    Oh my!! I was about to post the same question!!! Me and my daughter was discussing this.

    My bet would be Jupiter.

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    This star is rather a famous icon, I am not religous but to my mind, one thing that could be considered is a company of angels (spiritual beings)shining somehow in the visible spectrum. Thier presence seems to be common in biblical canon, as the wise men from the east noticed something out of the ordinary ( they were astronomy fluent) it may be unlikely to have been a known astronomical object , as it seemed to have indicated the exact place of birth. Also Nobody else seems to have latched on to the observation. There would have been plenty of sky observers in this era. Just a christmas thought for our christian members . regards .daniel

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    I don't think this question can be answered empirically any more than the many others that come to mind.

    As I recall however (I may be wrong) Polaris wasn't the polar star 2,000 years ago and there is no reason to believe that the polar star would stick out anymore then than now.

    If there is any reality to the story I would say it would be Jupiter or a supernova as was mentioned earlier.

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    I just saw the show on the History Channel about this a couple days ago. I believe the astronomers on the show said that it must have been Jupiter. They also said that there were no recorded supernova sightings at that time.

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    Well a comet would fit the bill.
    It travelled toward the West then stopped. It would appear first to travel as it moved around from the sun and then as it was heading away from Earth to stop as it would no longer move in relation to the backdrop.
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    The most probable answer I have seen is the sky was divided into four royal houses. Alpha Leonis being the brightest star in the most important in the most important Royal house.

    Back in the day Jupiter occulted Regulus, to the Maji this was a sign for the death of the old king and arrival of the new.

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