What Was the Star of Bethlehem?

Image credit: Sven Scheuermeier

Abstract

Over two thousand years ago, three wise men traveled across a harsh desert through tough conditions for weeks to see the child that would one day be known to the world as Jesus Christ. They were guided to this child by a bright star, the Star of Bethlehem. But what was the Star of Bethlehem? Did it actually exist? And if it did exist, what could it have been? Was it a comet, a planet, a meteor, an actual star? This talk will explore a mixture of history and astronomy in our quest to answer these questions.

Date
Dec 13, 2021 6:00 PM — 7:30 PM
Event
What Was the Star of Bethlehem?
Location
Andover Public Library
142 West Main St., Andover, OH 44003
Ray Garner
Ray Garner
CWRU Astronomy PhD Candidate

I’m a budding scientist and amateur photographer raised in Georgia and living in Ohio. My research interests include galaxy evolution, star formation, satellite galaxies, and nebular diagnostics.