We didn't catch this in time for August, but nonetheless, this is a pretty spectacular scientific finding that will be very familiar to Utantia Book students. The article is called: Venus-Jupiter Encounter May Explain Bible's Star of Bethlehem by Joe Rao. We'll post a short blog about it below, but here's the crucial info from the article:
"There have been numerous possible scientific explanations of what the Star of Bethlehem may have been. And whether you believe in the story of the star or not, one of those proposed possibilities will play out in the night sky soon after sundown on Saturday evening (Aug. 27): an exceedingly close encounter between the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter.
"Saturday's Venus-Jupiter encounter is one of those rare events, and something similar appeared in the sky more than 20 centuries ago. Interestingly, in August of 3 B.C., Venus and Jupiter were prominent in the predawn eastern sky, and on Aug. 12 they came within just 9 arc minutes (0.15 degrees) of each other as seen from the Middle East. Incidentally, this sign would have been seen by men "in the east," explaining the phrase in the Book of Matthew."
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New evidence about the "Star of Bethlehem?
As any Urantia Book reader knows, Jesus was born in August: August 21, 7, B.C., to be exact. And readers also know that there was indeed a bright stellar phenomenon in that time which later became the basis for the legendary "star" that was to lead the three kings to the birthplace of the baby Savior. Now, science is once again corroborating what Urantia Book readers have known for decades: that this supposed "star" was actually a conjuction of two planets. They don't have the year exactly right, but it's pretty close - close enough to be more than coincidence!
From the Urantia Book:
122:8.7 These wise men saw no star to guide them to Bethlehem. The beautiful legend of the star of Bethlehem originated in this way: Jesus was born August 21 at noon, 7 B.C. On May 29, 7 B.C., there occurred an extraordinary conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn in the constellation of Pisces. And it is a remarkable astronomic fact that similar conjunctions occurred on September 29 and December 5 of the same year. Upon the basis of these extraordinary but wholly natural events the well-meaning zealots of the succeeding generation constructed the appealing legend of the star of Bethlehem and the adoring Magi led thereby to the manger, where they beheld and worshiped the newborn babe. Oriental and near-Oriental minds delight in fairy stories, and they are continually spinning such beautiful myths about the lives of their religious leaders and political heroes. In the absence of printing, when most human knowledge was passed by word of mouth from one generation to another, it was very easy for myths to become traditions and for traditions eventually to become accepted as facts.
Were these things known in the early 20th century?
The Urantia Book was delivered to our world beginning in the early years of the 20th century, when space travel and space telescopes were things of fantasy. Who but the authors of the book could have known back then about this amazing conjunction of space bodies? And now, it is confirmed by 21st century science.
This fact may help those who are wary of The Urantia Book to understand that the book is the work of authors who are not of this earth - as well as authors who have been here for tens of thousands of years...eyewitnesses to the life of Jesus who know the story as it really was. Every detail of Jesus' life was carefully recorded and preserved for the time when the world could benefit most from its truths. That time is now...
Science supports the revelation!
This new finding by science is one that can inspire the seeker to explore further into The Urantia Book and discover even more of its amazing facts. For example, in many places, not only a month and year of an event in Jesus' life is given (such as the date of Jesus' birth), but even the day of the week. It was only after the development of computers that it became practical to discern whether these specific days and dates were, in fact, accurate. And they are. To a person with a more intellectual or scientific bent, this kind of thing could provide evidence that this book is very special. And it is...
For the complete story of the Master's life - even before his birth in Bethlehem, please accept our invitation to explore PART IV of the Urantia Book!