Traditional Star of Bethlehem

Traditional Star of Bethlehem

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Credit: John R. Foster/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Traditional rendering of The Star of Bethlehem. The actual nature of the star and if it corresponds to a real astronomical event has long been debated. Each possible explanation has logistical problems. A nearby supernova explosion would have produced a scene like the one shown here but such an event is not mentioned in texts of the period. Also such a star would have moved like other stars do making it worthless for navigation.

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