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    Re: The Star of Bethlehem and Navigation
    From: Marcel Tschudin
    Date: 2009 Jan 3, 12:26 +0200

    In one of my visits to a planetarium, they also proposed -as far as I
    remember - the "conjunction" of Venus, Jupiter and Saturn as a
    possible explanation for the "Star" of Bethlehem.
    
    I'm wondering whether the special event in the sky could have been in
    relation with this "conjunction" and the moon, like e.g. the moon
    occulting two or three planets at the same time. I imagine that such
    an event is fairly rare and could have been a reason for those dealing
    with Astronomy/Astrology for travelling to a distant place where they
    could see it.
    
    After what I learned here, this should be possible to verify for the
    location. If I understood it correct, the inaccuracy of +/- 2 degrees
    seems only to refer to the local hour angle "Tau" and not to the
    declination, i.e. that the calculated declinations would actually be
    fairly exact.
    
    Marcel
    
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