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The Science behind the Star of Bethlehem: a multidisciplinary look
Florida State College at Jacksonville's famed astronomer, scholar, author and professor of Astronomy, Mike Reynolds, Ph.D., will explore both the astronomical and historical aspects of the Star of Bethlehem as he weaves together possibilities for a puzzle from some 2,000 years ago.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Presentation: 7:30-9 p.m. at Florida State College at Jacksonville
Kent Campus, Main Auditorium
Observation (weather permitting): 9-9:30 p.m. "E" parking lot
Free and open to the public. Recommended for ages 10+.
Dr. Mike Reynolds will explore both the astronomical and historical aspects of the Star of Bethlehem as he weaves together possible answers for a puzzle that has been around some 2,000 years. Some of the questions he will consider: Is the Star of Bethlehem merely folklore, a Christmas tradition? Is there scientific or historical data that supports the Star? If so, what could the Star have been? Was it a supernova? A meteor or a bright comet? Was it a conjunction, a gathering of the planets? Or is it something historians and astronomers can never explain?
In addition to the Star of Bethlehem, Dr. Reynolds will discuss Comet ISON. Will the comet fizzle or will it sizzle, becoming one of the brightest comets in our lifetime?
This is not just science, but a blend of humanities, history, philosophy, as well as astronomy, said Dr. Reynolds about the theme of his presentation. Comet ISON brings a whole new dimension to the talk, especially if ISON turns out to be an incredible comet.
Following the talk, attendees are welcome to view the night skies (weather permitting) through telescopes set up by the Northeast Florida Astronomical Society.
This event is cosponsored by the FSCJ Biomedical Pre-professional Society, the Northeast Florida Astronomical Society and the FSCJ Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning.
We have scheduled the Winter Social at the MOSH this year on December 13th at 7:00pm.
The dinner menu will be a variety of selections from Callahan Bar-B-Que. Our evening will include some special presentations and be topped off with a planetarium show and laser concert in the Alexander Brest Planetarium at 8:00pm.
Please plan to join us that evening and RSVP at
(so we can make sure we have enough food).
We always appreciate desserts or homemade goodies to share!
Tickets are $10 and payment can be place ahead of time via PayPal from the NEFAS home page (click the "donate" button), or on the night of the 13th with cash or check.
Hope to see you there!
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