Cosmic events are afoot in Bethlehem and the world needs to know about them. Seven hundred years before the Chinese invented fireworks, the only practical way of doing this is to arrange for a brand new and very bright star to appear in the skies above Bethlehem. Some argue that the star might have been a planetary alignment of Jupiter, Saturn and Mars in 6BC while others suggest that God, being God, can invent any star he wants to. Boffins agree that the star is actually a comet, a slow moving ball of rock dust, ice and gas that appears to hang in the sky, its vapour trail acting as a gigantic arrow pointing to the small Galilean town as if to say ‘Something big is happening here’. The comet is first spotted by Chinese astronomers in 5BC, adding credibility to it being ‘a star from the east’ – given that many think that the Magi came from Babylon and China is to the east of Babylon the star certainly seems to have an eastern origin. The star ‘goes ahead’ of the Magi, suggesting again that its vibe is very similar to that of a comet which travels slowly through the night skies. Like a solar powered satnav, the star guides the wise men directly to their Bethlehem Stable destination. It’s job done, the star slash comet moves off into the heavens and out of the narrative of the Bible.
General vibe of the Star of Bethlehem: He’s down here!
Factvibe: Jehovah’s Witnesses believe that the star is satanic as it first leads the Magi to Herod who then plans to kill Jesus