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There's An Actual Theory For The Star Of Bethlehem

In December 2020, the internet was abuzz with talk of a so-called "Christmas Star" – a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn. During the celestial event, the two planets appeared so close together they looked like a single, bright star to the naked eye. Does that description sound familiar? The Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, and its proximity to Christmas, understandably drew comparisons to the biblical Star of Bethlehem that guided the wise men to the place of Jesus's birth. 

For centuries, experts and laymen alike have wondered: what was the Star of Bethlehem? Is the Star of Bethlehem the North Star? Are there astronomical explanations for the Star of Bethlehem? While it's unlikely the Star of Bethlehem was a comet like Halley's Comet, there are several theories for what the Star of Bethlehem actually was. The most convincing of these theories might just be a conjunction not unlike our "Christmas Star" of 2020.

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  • Though We May Never Know Exactly What The Star Of Bethlehem Was, The Theory It Was A Conjunction Like 2020's Can't Be Ruled Out