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12/05/2014 – Ephemeris – Search for the Star of Bethlehem will be presented tonight

December 5, 2014

Ephemeris for Friday, December 5th.  The sun will rise at 8:03.  It’ll be up for 8 hours and 59 minutes, setting at 5:02.   The moon, 1 day before full, will set at 7:51 tomorrow morning.

The program In Search for the Star of Bethlehem, will be presented by yours truly at this evening’s meeting of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society at Northwestern Michigan College’s Rogers Observatory starting at 8 p.m.  This is a scientific rather than a religious quest, however the only clues to the star’s existence are found in Gospels of Matthew and Luke.  400 years ago Johannes Kepler’s discovery of a special conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn that would have occurred about that time started the search.  Ancient Chinese records and ancient writers all contribute to the evidence.  The program will be followed at 9 p.m. by the last star party of the year.  The observatory’s located south of Traverse City on Birmley Road.

Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan.  They may be different for your location.

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