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    Re: The Star of Bethlehem and Navigation
    From: Marcel Tschudin
    Date: 2008 Dec 31, 12:21 +0200

    Thank you Geoffrey Kolbe for your translation.
    
    It wasn't actually my idea that the parameters for evaluating the date
    would have been sufficient for this sort of "navigation". The story
    "only" triggered the thought that there also could be a navigational
    exercise involved which might provide an additional argument. The
    moment of Venus changing its movement from retrograde to normal in the
    morning sky gives only a very coarse information on the global
    location. I rather was wondering whether the 3 magi went out to
    observe a different astronomical event, which appeared also around
    this time and which was more related to the location in question, such
    as e.g. one or more visible planets or an "important"star passing
    behind the moon. The locations on the globe where certain occultations
    can be seen are "bands". I just was wondering whether around this time
    an occultation occurred where the area of Bethlehem was within such a
    "band". Now I do not know whether the present astronomical programs
    could calculate the moon's position about 2000 years ago with
    sufficient precision for solving such problems with reasonable
    accuracy.
    
    Marcel
    
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