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Online Open Dome - Star of Bethlehem - Jupiter Meets Saturn

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Christmas is fast approaching and with it the story of the three wise men and the star of Bethlehem. How much of this could be true? Does it have anything to do with the December 2020 great conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn? Join Dr D Brown (NTU) for his online talk on Star of Bethlehem - Jupiter Meets Saturn.

This is an online streamed talk to booked visitors only.

  • From: Thursday 26 November 2020, 8 pm
  • To: Thursday 26 November 2020, 9 pm
  • Location: Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton, Nottingham,
  • Booking deadline: Thursday 26 November 2020, 8.00 pm
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The story of the three wise men is an essential part of the Christmas stories we tell. And part of it is the appearance of a "star" leading three magi to the birthplace of Jesus. Could this "star" be explained by astronomy?

This year features in December what is called the great conjunction: the very close approach of Saturn and Jupiter in the sky. Some have argued that this was the astrological "star" which led the magi from their homes towards Bethlehem. But could this be a possibility? Could it have been a comet, a supernova or just a myth? Dr D Brown (NTU) will introduce us to some of these ideas and their problems in his online talk on Star of Bethlehem - Jupiter Meets Saturn. We will also hear how this will give you the once in a life-time chance to observe both planets at the same time through your telescope.

Given the current COVID-19 situation, this event is not taking place as a public NTU event. However, Dr D Brown's (NTU) talk is streamed online to everyone who is booked onto this event. We will email a link to the material on YouTube to everyone who has booked. We will be happy to answer questions posted during the talk.

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Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus

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