“Star of Wonder, Star of Light” – what was the Christmas Star that led the Magi to Bethlehem to worship the baby Jesus?

After experiencing the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn (aka the Christmas Star of 2020) in December 2020, I spent the past year researching several books and a DVD written to explain what each author believed was the star mentioned in chapter 2 of the Gospel of Matthew. 

Below is the link to the YouTube video of my presentation to the Reasons to Believe – Austin, TX chapter on December 11, 2021. RTB is a faith and science ministry started by astrophysicist Dr. Hugh Ross in 1986. Full disclosure: I am an officer of the Austin, TX chapter of RTB.

During this 55-minute talk, I reviewed The Star of Bethlehem DVD (2007), the book, The Great Christ Comet, by Colin R. Nicholl (2015), and the Reasons to Believe perspective (2002 – 2021). I close the talk with the Psalm 19 Astronomy Society perspective (my personal opinion which evolved in 2021 based on this study).

Author: psalm19astronomy

I am an engineer working in the semiconductor industry. I live, play, and work in Austin, TX. I have been involved in amateur astronomy for about 11 years. All my telescopes are of the "go to" variety which means that they are computer controlled and will "go to" objects in the objects catalog after aligning the mount to 2-3 stars. I currently own the following telescopes: Orion Skyquest XTg12 Dobson (truss Dob, computerized and tracks) Celestron Nexstar 80GT refractor Celestron Nexstar Evolution 8 (my favorite for sidewalk astronomy) Celestron Nexstar 102SLT refractor

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