ASTRONOMER Dean Regas writes: “At this time of year, people often ask for my astronomical/religious opinion: “What was the Star of Bethlehem?”
“What was this heavenly sign that a savior, that a Messiah, that Jesus was born? Can modern science prove what this object really was?
Astronomers have been asked these questions for over a millennium. Many of my ancestors tried valiantly and faithfully to answer it with a supernova, a comet, or a variable star. Lately the most popular answer, thanks to sky simulation software that can show the skies of Bethlehem 2000 years ago, was that it was a planetary conjunction. All of them got it wrong.”