A theoretical astrophysicist, Grant Mathews, from Notre Dame has been researching what the “star in the east” could have been that the wise men saw.
His conclusion: Probably an alignment of planets and the sun.
April 17, 6 B.C., when the sun, Jupiter, the moon and Saturn aligned in the constellation Aries while Venus and Mars were in neighboring constellations.
It makes sense because he believes the wise men were Zoroastrian astrologers who would have recognized the planetary alignment in Aries as a sign a powerful leader was born.
“In fact, it would have even meant that (the leader was) destined to die at an appointed time, which of course would have been significant for the Christ child, and may have been why they brought myrrh, which was an embalming fluid,” Mathews said. “Saturn there would have made whoever was born as a leader a most powerful leader because Saturn had the strength to do it, in their view.”
Of course, Notre Dame can’t even play football anymore so I’m sure their astrophysicists are inept as well.