What was the Star of Bethlehem, a.k.a. the Christmas Star?

8PM Tonight, Friday December 23, 2015  Recording Available Here
What Was the Star of Bethlehem?

“What cosmic light could have guided the Three Wise Men to the newborn baby Jesus 2,000 years ago? Learn about all the theories in a free webcast today (Dec. 23) by the online Slooh Community Observatory.

During the show, experts in both religion and astronomy will discuss what the famous Star of Bethlehem might have been: Was it an actual star, a comet, a planet or something else? You can watch the webcast at Slooh.com, beginning at 8 p.m. EST (0100 GMT).”  from Space.com


Astronomy Meets Religion in Slooh Webcast

” The webcast will feature Slooh host Eric Edelman, Slooh astronomer Paul Cox, Fr. James Kurzynski, who is a Catholic priest and a blogger for the Vatican Observatory, and astronomy journalist and author Bob Berman.

“Both Berman and Fr. Kurzynski have written extensively about the potential culprits behind the famous Star of Bethlehem. They’ll share what they’ve learned, as well as their personal beliefs, live on the air,” Slooh representatives wrote in a statement.

Cox will “teach viewers how they too can hunt for comets, and other astronomical objects, using Slooh’s observatories,” they added.” from space.com

The online Slooh Community Observatory will host a live webcast tonight (Dec. 23) concerning what cosmic object the famous Star of Bethlehem might have been. The show begins at 8 p.m. EDT (0100 on Dec. 24 GMT) and will be streamed live on Slooh.com. The broadcast will also appear in the window below, courtesy of Slooh.

From Slooh release:

On Friday, December 23rd, at 5:00 PM PST | 8:00 PM EST | 01:00UTC (International Times: http://bit.ly/2hXvs0E), Slooh will dive into the Biblical story of the Three Wise Men, attempting to explain the appearance of the famous Star of Bethlehem. The live show will bring together experts from both astronomy and religion to explore the many possible explanations for this real life Christmas wonder.  http://www.space.com/35134-star-of-bethlehem-explained-slooh-webcast.html

Star of Bethlehem Webcast from Slooh, Religion and Science Experts Meet to Discuss Possible Explanations

Star of Bethlehem Webcast from Slooh, Religion and Science Experts Meet to Discuss Possible Explanations

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Note the upcoming Quadrantid Meteeor Shower to peak on the night-morning, January 3-4, 2017, to be noted in post next week. Also look forward to the Friday January 13, AAAP Meeting  featuring Thomas Beatty, Phd. on Extra Solar Planets. In the meantime we are working next week  on livestreaming that talk and possibly the meeting. Should you have interest in contributing to the efforts please email VicePresident@3ap.org . Students on seasonal break are encouraged to participate and to avail themselves opportunities to remotely participate in the meetings. We hope all of our members will be able to enjoy increased participation through streaming of meetings. A portion of the November meeting had been made, is, available on Facebook at that time. The December meeting being a Holiday Party was not recorded for sharing.

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