In the scientific community, for several centuries in a row, disputes about the origin of the Bethlehem (Christmas) star, a mysterious biblical symbol that accompanied the birth of Jesus, have not subsided.
Recent studies by astrophysicist Grant Matthews from the University of Notre Dame gave him reason to assert that the Star of Bethlehem is nothing more than a rare parade of planets that occurred in 6 BC. e, during which Jupiter, Moon, Saturn and the Sun lined up in the constellation Aries.
At the same time, Venus was located in the constellation Pisces, and Mars on the opposite side - in the constellation Taurus. According to Grant Matthews, the parade of the planets took place just on the day of the vernal equinox.
An indirect confirmation of this, in his opinion, was the arrival of the three wise men (kings), and according to other sources - the Zoroastrian priests. For them, the combination of Jupiter and the Moon became a sign of the birth of a special ruler, while Saturn is a symbol of life, and Aries on the vernal equinox meant the beginning of spring.
Such phenomena are extremely rare. Calculations show that in the next 500, 000 years, a parade of planets similar to the Star of Bethlehem cannot be expected.