How far is the star of Bethlehem, and is the object a star?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    The star of Bethlehem was a conjuction of the planets Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn, during the reign of Caesar Augustus. These planets met on the night that Christ was born, therefore, you cannot see the "star" of Bethlehem because such conjuctions are rare and happens every thousand years or so.

    The other possibility is that the "star" was a nova, which also would not be visible to the naked eye thousands of years later.

  • GeoffG
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    1 decade ago

    Scientists have never been able to identify the Star of Bethlehem for certain. Modern theologians consider it "non-historical," which I think is a polite way of saying that it's a myth that was inserted into the gospel long after Christ's birth.

    Source(s): Article in December 2007 Sky & Telescope.
  • 1 decade ago

    The biggest star of Bethlehem is probably Jesus. He was born about 2000 years ago. Although widely considered a star, Jesus does not possess a star on the walk of fame in Hollywood, so his status as being a star is somewhat in doubt. Also, humans are not considered "objects". They're people.

    Below (source) is Jesus after finishing his first rock concert.

  • 1 decade ago

    I think is was fictional but www.space.com think otherwise!

    "Perhaps the simplest answer is a nova or supernova outburst: a new star blazes forth where none had ever been seen and leaves no trace for us to find in the future."

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Well, as you might know, the function of FAITH is NOT to ask for physical events and objects relating to the stories of faith.

    Just in case you don't know, please ask your priest or preacher for a little theological introduction to the basics of faith.

    :-)

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It is mythological. It doesn't have a distance.

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