11/29/2016 – Ephemeris – Heads up: Friday’s on the possible origins of the Star of Bethlehem
Ephemeris for Tuesday, November 29th. The Sun will rise at 7:58. It’ll be up for 9 hours and 6 minutes, setting at 5:04. The Moon is new today, and won’t be visible.
This Friday the 2nd at 8 p.m. I will be giving a talk investigating the origin of the Star of Bethlehem. This will be during December’s monthly meeting of the Grand Traverse Astronomical Society, at Northwestern Michigan College’s Joseph H. Rogers observatory located south of Traverse City on Birmley Road. The talk is a scientific treatment of the subject, rather than a religious one. We’ll look at what the Gospel writers got right and possibly got wrong. We’ll look at historical writings and oriental observations of the heavens around that time. These will be augmented by computer simulations of what have been important celestial events visible around that time. There is no admission charge. There will be viewing of the skies afterward if it’s clear.
Times are for the Traverse City/Interlochen area of Michigan. They may be different for your location.
Friday with this post I’ll add the article I’ve written for our newsletter about the program.