JOHN R. FOSTER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JOHN R. FOSTER / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
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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