What was the Star of Bethlehem?

December 15, 2010

Eye on Faith and Science

With Christmas right around the corner, annual holiday events are in full swing. I was among a group that gathered recently at St. Catherine University in St. Paul to hear Terrence Flower, a physics professor at the school, give his annual lecture about the Star of Bethlehem.

Flower, who teaches an astronomy course, is passionate about the subject, offering a variety of possible explanations for the celestial event that guided the Magi to the place of Jesus’ birth.

The professor says he hopes his presentation makes Christmas a bit more special for those who attend. I know it did for me.

You can read my story about the Star of Bethlehem on The Catholic Spirit’s website as well as a Q&A I conducted with a local seminary professor about the theological significance of the star and the town of Bethlehem.

About Joe Towalski

Editor of The Catholic Spirit, husband, dad, baseball fan(atic), astronomy buff. Follow me on Twitter @towalskij

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