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Star of Bethlehem: Comet or Not?
December 15, 2018 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm| Free
LET’S CELEBRATE TOGETHER A VISITOR FROM THE EAST TO HELP GUIDE US TO CHRISTMAS!
The Magi saw His star and came to worship Him, but what did they observe in the sky? Modern scientific knowledge of our planet and celestial occurrences, especially from astronomy, complement a growing understanding of what an ancient near east biblical account records two millennia ago — the Star of Bethlehem.
Many theories, and many works of art since ancient times, suggest that a comet may have been the starry messenger that rose in the East, stopping and staying over the place where Jesus lay. One such comet is coming to the night sky above Calgary this December, Comet 46P/Wirtanen will be rising in the East most evenings in the middle of the month and almost naked-eye visible against the light-pollution of our city as viewed from Ambrose University.
Ambrose University welcomes all for a family-friendly academic evening that includes a scientific lecture led by Dr. Stephen Jeans, with beautiful images of the nighttime sky and a message of joy along with an opportunity to see a real comet (46P) rise in the East over Calgary’s children this December.
Dress for the weather! If the skies are clear, we will go outside after the talk to view a real comet using professional telescopes!
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