Are there any accounts (excluding the Bible) of the Star of Bethlehem?
If not, why do you suppose that would be?
- Anonymous1 decade agoFavorite Answer
There were two astronomical events involving conjunctions of planets around the time of Jesus' birth---the triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in Pisces in 7 B.C.E. and the near-conjunction of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in Pisces in February 6 B.C.E. A conjunction is when two or more objects appear very close together on the sky. Pisces is associated with the Jewish people in astrology, so when Jupiter and Saturn passed very close to each other three times during the span of several months in 7 B.C.E. it was a notable event. Adding to the significance was that the triple conjunction in Pisces happens about once every 900 years. The first conjunction of the 7 B.C.E triple conjunction occurred in late May when the wise men may have started their journey. The second conjunction occurred in late September when they were visiting King Herod and the third conjunction appeared in the south towards Bethlehem in early December after Herod had sent them on their way. The close grouping of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn to within 8 degrees of each other in Pisces occurs only once every 800 years. Jupiter was the ``star'' of royalty and luck and Saturn was the star of the Mesopotamian deity who protected Israel. Both of these rare conjunctions could have been predicted by the ``wise men from the East'' and could have been interpreted by them that a great king was to be born in Israel. Though Jupiter and Saturn never got close enough together to be confused as a single object, the word ``star'' had a different meaning to the wise men than it does for us today and their definition could have included a planetary conjunction.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
One renowned stargazer took note that there may have been an event at the time of Jesus' birth --- Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn all seen as one star in the constellation of Pisces.
- 1 decade ago
I read it was Mars, some historians, "Such as my self" suggest that Mars in its fullest peak In december becomes brighter during winter season, yet, we may be wrong , after all it was some thousands of years ago! i don't think nobody knew!
Keep it real, ^_^
- interested1208Lv 71 decade ago
Many have tried to find it or a reason for it and none have. Some have suggested a nova, comet, alignment of planets, etc etc, but none happened at that time... it's only a story in the Bible...Source(s): IMHO
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- Anonymous1 decade ago
how can their be an account? where not going to see eyewitness reports or something, if that's what your asking