Monday, December 19, 2011

The Star Of Bethlehem Discovered?

While thousands of Christians around the world joined worshipers in Washington and Bethlehem Saturday for the annual Bethlehem Prayer Service in Washington D.C., and 2.039 billion Christians (32% of world population) prepared for the celebration of the birth of Jesus, former high school astronomy teacher, Irene Worthington Baron, was announcing that she thinks she has unraveled the mystery of the Christmas Star of Bethlehem.

Yeah, I know, but as I read more, it became very interesting.

Her search began when she received 60 astronomy computer programs from NASA for her classroom.

By using the programs to recapture star locations, etc., about the time Jesus was born, led her to some fascinating discoveries.

In her book she claims that her findings reveal that there were 10 major celestial events announcing the birth of Jesus Christ, the last being the position marker over Bethlehem.

She has released an ebook titled, "Unraveling The Christmas Star Mystery".

This is how the Christianpost.com reported the story:

She writes, “The sixth significant event of Jesus’ birth announcement occurred on September 1st, 0004 when a spectacular solar eclipse occurred close to Mars, Venus, and Saturn while the Sun was partially eclipsing the slow moving Saturn. The Moon then moved in front of the Sun and totally eclipsed it. To have the Sun eclipsing Saturn and the Moon eclipsing the Sun simultaneously is an extremely rare event at any time, let alone for a dawn sky.”

She told CP that the, “Christmas star was, in fact, Saturn.” It was on the other side of the sun during that time and was very bright in the night sky. It was moving right over Bethlehem during a two-week time period.

So how did she discover all of this?

The author began using the NASA programs to research the dawn sky around the time of Christ’s birth. Baron figured she could go back in time with the computer programs to look at what the star patterns were like during that time.

She set all calculations during her computer searches for dawn in the local time zone of Bethlehem while using the correct latitude and longitude for that location. The computer programs would then go back in time and print out sky maps from the time and place in the sky she indicated.

When the computer would finally print something out, sometimes after days of waiting, Baron would look at the sky charts for unusual patterns like eclipses.

Once she located different sky patterns she would then look at the symbolism of ancient cultures during the time around the birth of Christ that had also noted similar occurrences. She began an extensive study of books written by historians and archaeologists. Their data was based primarily on historical records, paintings and carvings on ancient temples, coins and legal seals.

The planets and stars have set patterns, so astronomers as far back as 4,000 years ago, beginning in Babylonian times, could use mathematics to predict how the celestial objects would move for a year or more in advance. For ancient cultures, each motion, interaction, and happening in the sky meant something.

They used their symbolism to interpret what happened in the sky. And each planet or star symbolized a god. When they began seeing the eclipses surrounding the birth of Christ, they took this to symbolize a larger more powerful god was coming to earth.

Because of this, Baron said, the wise men had advance knowledge through their study of the stars that Christ would be born because of different happenings among the movement of the planets and stars. So they were able to have enough time to travel from their homelands to Bethlehem to pay homage to Jesus.

In her ebook, Baron provides charts and pictures to further explain her findings. She says her research “will confirm what Christians believe, and validate the Bible.”

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Very interesting.

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7 comments:

  1. I loved the star ofbethleham DVD from a lawyers. view. He used computer programs also hillsdale college put out an imprimis article on this as well thanks for all you do Gary. Anne from Lynden

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  2. So now you're trusting science? Really?

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  3. I checked this out on software called Stellarium. It is described on their website as:

    Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope.
    It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

    I entered the date and coordinates for Bethlehem. According to Stellarium, the closest date for the eclipse was on Sept. 3rd 0004. I was surprised to see the results seem verify the author's findings.

    The program does help to see how the planets line up during the day by allowing you to turn off the sun. You can also do time lapse, forward and reverse.

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  4. It seems unlikely that prior studies by NASA , prominent university astronomers and theologians have been one-upped by a HS teacher. Not impossible, just unlikely. I am not knowledgeable enough to assess the arguments.

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  5. When I was a child, in the 60s, I had an older cousin who was an astronomer, working for NASA. During a visit with my parents, I remember him telling us about this phenomena. I remember being so excited that I wanted to be an astronomer too, when I grew up. I became something else, but I have shared my childhood memory of this explanation -- certainly not as detailed as the information in this article -- several times through the years, usually with a skeptical response. It's interesting to see it come up again here. Some would say this kind of information removes the miraculous from the Bethlehem event. I disagree. There is far more to God's orchestration of the birth of His Son than planetary orbits can explain. But for those who need to see the measurable plotted on a graph, may this kind of corroboration nudge them closer to seeking the truth, rather than just write it off.
    Merry Christmas, from Seattle!

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  6. I have to respect this Chrstian teacher for exposing yet another Biblical error. It takes courage for a Christian woman to publicly admit that the Bible falsely identified a planet as a star. This is precisely the sort of error that ordinary humans would make when looking up at the night sky, but not one that an infallible and omniscent God would make if he were inspiring authorship of a manuscript. So thanks, Christian teacher and thank you Pastor Randall for reminding us exactly how reliable the Bible is.

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    1. You cannot easily say the Holy Bible was in error. Persons not trained in astronomy of this century also call planets "stars" as they can't tell the difference, just as ancient man could not. The ancients called them "wandering stars" and realized they were different. It took Galileo and others to explain the positioning of the objects in a way we could understand. I wouldn't argue over semantics. This study proved the star-like object over Bethlehem really happened and validates the Bible. The story of Christ's birth with the wisemen was true.
      Irene Baron
      URL: www.irenebaron.com

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