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A Star in the East, February 25, 6 B.C., Bethlehem
2008, hand-stitched, hand-dyed cotton, 54" x 100"

There are numerous astronomical theories to explain the Star of Bethlehem. One popular belief is the close alignment of Jupiter and Saturn in May, October, and December of the year 7 B.C. (confirmed by Johannes Kepler in 1614 and recreated today through star calculation software) followed in February by the conjunction of Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn in the constellation Pisces. This rare occurrence would have been significant to the Magi, astrologers looking to the heavens and interpreting what the stars revealed: a revelation of the birth of Jesus Christ and guidance on their journey of several months to Bethlehem.


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