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The Star of Bethlehem

  • Highland Road Park Observatory 13800 Highland Road Baton Rouge, LA, 70810 United States (map)

 This season reminds us of the famous story from Christian Scripture about the Magi being spurred by the sight of the Star of Bethlehem to take a trip and visit a newborn. However, what was the Star? Scripture gives little description, only scant clues. What exactly occurred in the Middle East 2000 years ago? Can modern scientific calculations shed light on the puzzle? LSU physics professor Brad Schaefer will use current theory to take the audience step-by-step toward the solution to the mystery. If you’ve never experienced this lecture before, don’t miss out. This is Professor Schaefer’s thirteenth consecutive year bringing this incredible presentation to HRPO patrons. During his career he has published in “Sky & Telescope” magazine, discovered a long-lost ancient atlas, appeared on a National Geographic program and earned an invitation to the Nobel Physics Prize ceremony! [No admission fee. For ages fourteen and older.]

Earlier Event: December 9
Caroling in the Park
Later Event: December 10
Magic on Main Christmas Parade