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Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:39

An astronomical look at the Star of Bethlehem

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Get a different view of the Star of Bethlehem Friday, Dec. 9, beginning at 7 p.m. at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI).

Activities include a tour of the PARI campus and celestial observations using PARI’s optical or radio telescopes, along with a presentation by PARI Astronomers Michael Castelaz and Bob Hayward.

Through the ages astronomers have teamed with historians and biblical scholars in searching for an astronomical explanation for the star the magi followed to Bethlehem so long ago.  The presentation will look at possible astronomical explanations and weigh the arguments for and against each.

PARI is located in Pisgah Forest outside Brevard. Reservations are required and will be accepted until 3 p.m. on the day of the event. The cost is $20 per adult, $15 for seniors/military and $10 for children under 14.

Register and pay online at www.pari.edu or call 828.862.5554.

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