Star Of Bethlehem: Top 4 Celestial Suspects
Mark Thompson at Discovery News takes a look at an enduring Christmas mystery. What was the star that according to the Bible, guided the three wise men to Jesus?
Star Of Bethlehem
Like many children, I was brought up with the magical story of The Star of Bethlehem that led the Three Wise Men to the baby Jesus. The same story that captivated generations of children has kept astronomers guessing as to the nature of the mysterious star — if it was indeed a ‘star.’ Reliable and accurate observational and historical records are limited, so instead scientists have turned to computer simulations of the sky during that time to investigate the possible celestial suspects. There are a number of possible explanations that have been mulled over the years, but four of them seem most likely.
Image: Illustration of Three Wise Men Viewing Star of Bethlehem by W.L. Taylor