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The Christmas Star with Joe Rao

Event Type: Adult Program
Date: 11/29/2023
Start Time: 6:00 PM
End Time: 7:00 PM
 Virtual, Wednesday, November 29th, 6 PM - 7 PM

Join us for a very popular program dealing with what is perhaps the most famous astronomical event in all history – the Star of Bethlehem. What occurred in the skies of that time which might have lived on through the centuries as the Christmas Star? Was it a supernatural phenomenon, or was it a natural astronomical occurrence; a function of the inexorable laws of physics, appearing in the night skies at the time of the Nazarene’s birth? Modern astronomy has an explanation – or rather, several possible explanations. In this PowerPoint lecture, Joe Rao, an Associate and guest lecturer at New York’s Hayden Planetarium, explores the many fascinating possibilities. Could it have been a dazzling fireball meteor? A spectacular comet? An exploding star or nova? Or perhaps a rare and unusual configuration of the planets? All the evidence of history and modern astronomy is woven into the answer to create a different kind of Christmas story . . . just in time for the holiday season.

This is a shared program with Hendrick Hudson Free Library, Somers Library and Bedford Hills Free Library.

Location: Virtual
Other Information:
 Our programs are supported by the Friends of the Somers Library through our patrons' generous contributions.
The Somers Library ~ (914) 232-5717 ~
Presenter: Joe Rao / Cherri Morreale of HHF