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The Christmas Star via Zoom
November 29 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pmFree
This program will explore what is, perhaps, the most famous astronomical event in all history: the Star of Bethlehem. What occurred in the skies of that time which might have lived on through the centuries as the Christmas Star? Was it a supernatural phenomenon, or was it a natural astronomical occurrence; a function of the inexorable laws of physics, appearing in the night skies at the time of the Nazarene’s birth? Modern astronomy has an explanation – or rather, several possible explanations. In this lecture, Joe Rao, an Associate and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium, explores the many fascinating possibilities. Could it have been a dazzling fireball meteor? A spectacular comet? An exploding star or nova? Or perhaps a rare and unusual configuration of the planets? All the evidence of history and modern astronomy is woven into the answer to create a different kind of Christmas story . . . just in time for the holiday season. Registration begins October 20 via the library’s Web site. The Zoom invitation will be sent out one day prior to the program.
Note: This program is co-hosted with Bedford Hills Free Library, Somers Public Library, and Hendrick Hudson Free Library.