The UFO of Beth­le­hem

Sky at Night Magazine - - LETTERS -

At this time of year, oth­er­wise ra­tio­nal as­tronomers tie them­selves in knots try­ing to sug­gest var­i­ous as­tro­nom­i­cal ob­jects as can­di­dates for the Star of Beth­le­hem (A Pas­sion for Space, De­cem­ber 2015). In the orig­i­nal story of the Wise Men fol­low­ing the star in Matthew 2:9, “The star went be­fore them till it came and stood over where the young child was”. As­tro­nom­i­cal ob­jects do not be­have like this! The Star of Beth­le­hem, if it ever ex­isted, was more in the na­ture of a UFO than of an as­tro­nom­i­cal ob­ject. Dr Ron Barnes, King’s Lynn other info you pro­vide, it has opened my hori­zons. The posters you have in­cluded re­cently have also been a boon, and I have got valu­able ad­vice on tele­scopes. Keep up the good work. Stan Thack­stone, North Shields

An in­ter­est­ing point, Ron. It does seem from the de­scrip­tion as if the Wise Men had a mov­ing ob­ject to guide them. – Ed Thanks for the kind words, Stan. Stick with us and your in­ter­est will only grow! – Ed

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