What it is: really a star, suddenly broke out and extinguished, or is it some other astronomical event, which coincided with the birth of Christ? There are many versions: the explosion of a supernova, the appearance of comets, planets (Jupiter, Saturn and Mars) formed a single line to each other and formed a bright glowing object, called the star of Bethlehem. Or maybe it was just a miracle that defies rational explanation, and that simply believe. All tested hypotheses about the origin of Bethlehem star. The most plausible at first seemed a version of the comet, because it is a celestial body moves slowly against the stars and it seems bright enough spot in the night sky. When checked all the posts for a while, it appeared that if the comet did appear, that before Christ was born.
Was still a version of a supernova explosion, which confirmed 1sitaytsy. Star could explode in about 5 or 4 BC. Oe. But this hypothesis has been debunked by later studies. But there are also version of the parade of planets, which took place exactly when Jesus was born German astronomer Johann Kepler (XVII cent.) Watching as something of Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, and saw that they stood in a line, and after a few months of "nearby" supernova flared up.
Kepler originally thought that it gave rise to an explosion of the planet, and later, his signing the wrong, suggested that similar, ie parade of planets and the sudden appearance of a new star could happen at Christmas in Bethlehem. Scientists now and continue to guess, trying to explain the phenomenon Star of Bethlehem. Nevertheless, Kepler's conjecture parade of planets – the most suitable explanation for this phenomenon. It might look like this: Venus (possibly Mercury), Jupiter, Saturn, Regulus and the star (the constellation Leo), as it were touched and formed a huge star. Symbolically this is the background of a scene of worship of the Magi. Many paintings show two kings, who are waiting for their turn, while the third kneels in front of the knee baby. The first two – Saturn and Jupiter, and the third – Mercury. So, on the night of Jesus' birth was in heaven, three planets and one of them was in the constellation Leo (Mercury), to meet and greet the birth of the Lord. Now, in Europe, when read in planetarium lectures on the Birth of Christ, be sure to set the picture of the sky, which corresponds to the sky, which was more than two thousand years ago, and watching the visual contact of Jupiter and Saturn. Although the church and believers Star of Bethlehem – is primarily a symbol, not an astronomical phenomenon, so guessing is not appropriate. To believe in miracles, do not look for its origins.