Byzantine depiction of the Magi in a sixth-century mosaic at the Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo in Ravenna, Italy. (photo: Wikimedia Commons)
“When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, ‘Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.’” (Matthew 2:1-2)
Edward Pentin Edward Pentin began reporting on the Pope and the Vatican with Vatican Radio before moving on to become the Rome correspondent for the Register. …
New research into origins of the Star of Bethlehem appears to confirm that a celestial body of great brightness did indeed exist at that time of Jesus’ birth and which guided the Magi to the manger.
According to the leader of the research, Liberato De Caro, Ph.D., of the Institute of Crystallography of the National Research Council in Bari, Italy, the Star not only certainly existed but was most probably an exceptionally rare conjunction of Jupiter and Venus that shone 200 times more brightly than the brightest star seen from Earth.
In this, the second in a series of interviews with the Register, De Caro explains his findings and how other factors appear to back up his theory.
He also discusses a similar and rare phenomenon that will take place this year when a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn will be visible in the night sky on Dec. 21. But although it is expected to be bright, De Caro explains how the intense brightness of the Star of Bethlehem would have appeared “100 times greater” than what will be seen on Dec. 21. …