So, I’m not announcing that we’ve got the right answer. We have configured Stellarium to reveal the sky as seen from Bagdad, as a close proxy for where the Magi may have been when they saw “His star in the East.” Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? The revised dating of Herod’s death resulted from a reinterpretation of historical texts.For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him. As for astronomy, Chester discovered a number of close conjunctions between Jupiter and Regulus in the fall of 2 B. Two things have always struck me about the Matthew account.
Both those fixed events fit together to confirm Herod's death.
The wondrous star that hovered over Bethlehem at Jesus’ birth has long mystified Bible scholars and astronomers alike.
Using Stellarium, an open-source astronomical simulation program, my children and I have embarked on a quest to discover, if possible, the Star of Bethlehem.
We realize that a number of competing theories have been advanced, each with their own strengths and weaknesses in terms of biblical conformity, historical plausibility, and astronomical accuracy.
For although today we celebrate the birth of Jesus in 1 C. I believe that Babylonian astronomy may provide the key to identifying the star and to dating Jesus’ birth: That’s because the Gospel of Matthew tells us that the magi—astronomers from the East—believed that the star would lead them to a new king.