Entry for Category 2: Prompt word STAR

Astronomy in the News

by The Bard of New Mexico


“There's one,” Billy and his astronomer aunt, Val, announced together when they saw a meteor.

Billy remembered what other celestial body he'd wondered about. “Do you know which star is the real Star of Bethlehem?”

Aunt Val smiled in the darkness. “That might be a question more suited to Biblical scholars or historians. As far as I've heard, there's nothing saying that Jesus was born on December 25 th or that he was born in the year 0. Astronomers need to know those things if we want to figure out what was going on in the sky when Jesus was born.”


“BUT there are always theories. Could it be that a star exploded? Or was it really a star at all? Some people say it could've been a comet. Or an even more popular theory is that it could've been two very bright planets aligning to create an unusually bright 'star'.”

“What do you think it was?” Billy sounded excited.

“I don't know. There is one other possibility... but most scientists wouldn't even consider it. There are folks like us who believe without proof that an extraordinary man walked the earth roughly 2000 years ago and the Star of Bethlehem was created just to announce his birth.”

Billy's voice held a note of wonder. “Could be.”



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