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Was the Star of Bethlehem a real astronomical event? A myth created by the early church? Explore the history and science for yourself...
Originally posted by hawaii50th
reply to post by happykat39
Either your spelling of the word "ashtare" is wrong or it is not in the King James Bible. I could not get a definition for this word.
Jupiter's Retrograde Motion Between Sept. 3 B.C. and May 2 B.C. there were three conjunctions (on Sept. 14, 3 B.C., Feb. 17, 2 B.C. and May 8, 2 B.C.) where Jupiter passed close to the star Regulus (the brightest star in the constellation Leo). This rare sequence of events would have looked very strange to those familiar with the night sky. Thompson found that the gas giant passed Regulus in an easterly motion before appearing to reverse direction, passing the star again in a westerly direction. This change in direction is known as retrograde motion. Due to the near-circular orbits of Earth and Jupiter, as Earth has a faster orbital period than Jupiter, from our point of view we will appear to "overtake" the gas giant. The motion of Jupiter will therefore appear to change direction for several weeks before changing direction again continuing its easterly drift.
Originally posted by lostinspace
My keyboard can't type Greek letters so I will spell them out.
Alpha, Sigma, Tau, Epsilon, Rho, Alpha.
This is how the word "star" is rendered in Greek.