Video: Star of Bethlehem?
posted at 8:52 am on January 16, 2013 by Ed Morrissey
This documentary from Hollywood producer Stephen McEveety (Stoning of Soraya M, Braveheart, The Passion of the Christ) isn’t exactly new, but it’s new to me. Filmed in 2008, a slightly shortened version aired on EWTN earlier this month, and it impressed me enough to buy the DVD. An amateur astronomer decided to take a look back at the skies during biblical times — which turns out to be a lot easier in the age of powerful computers than one might think — to see if there were natural explanations for New Testament claims about the signs of Jesus’ birth, specifically the star of Bethlehem. Frederick Larson found more than what he imagined:
If you’re curious about the accuracy of the astronomical claims, Larson has some impressive corroboration at his site. Three different NASA researchers validate his astronomy, while not necessarily weighing in on the theological conclusions of the data.
I believe if you poke around long enough, you can find the entire presentation on the Internet. The DVD is a better way to view it, and I’d recommend it to anyone interested in the subject.
Update: From the comments, here’s a little more corroboration from another astronomer who notes the same exact phenomena in his calculations.