Venus Star of Bethlehem That Wise Men Followed Reappears After 2000 Years (Video)

According to NASA’s website located at, there will be a conjunction between the planets Venus and Jupiter beginning the night of June 29, and lasting through July 4, 2015. The event begs the question, did an ancient conjunction between the planets of Venus and Jupiter form the star of Bethlehem that the Wise Men of the Bible followed 2000 years ago? That is the theory that has not only been put forth by NASA, but many in the scientific community have come to support this recent finding. For the next six days, when the planet Venus has its conjunction with Jupiter, there will be what looks like the joining of two stars in the skies beginning on Monday night, and continuing through Saturday July 4th. It will appear as if one bright light or star forming in the western sky.

The scientific community now believe that this conjunction of the planets may have mistakenly been called the Star of Bethlehem by the Wise Men mentioned in the New Testament. According to Fred Schaaf, Sky & Telescope Contributing Editor, the upcoming conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will closely resemble one that occurred between the years 3 and 2 B.C., which falls within the approximate time frame that the Wise Men were said to have followed the Star of Bethlehem.

Though the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter is not especially rare, their conjunction in the western skies with the constellation of Leo and Leo’s main star, Regulus, also known as the king star by some, is extremely rare. Just how rare is it? Their conjunction with Regulus in the constellation of Leo has not happened in 2000 years, approximately when many Christians place the time of the birth of Jesus Christ. Leo, the lion, is the symbol of the tribe of Judah, from which King David and Jesus were born.

Comparing the conjunction of the two planets this year with last year and also with the one that occurred between the years 3 and 2 B.C., Schaaf stated that “all three occurred not far from Regulus, and all were similarly high up in the sky.” The conjunction that happened at around the Biblical time ascribed to when the Wise Men followed the Star of Bethlehem was, as Schaaf said, “separated by about 1°.”

Regardless if the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter, often called the king and queen of the planets, really was what the Wise Men, or Magi, of the Bible followed on their route to the baby Jesus, the sight is one that star gazers will likely want to check out, weather permitting. On Tuesday night, the two planets will get as close to each other as they have been in the last two years.

Venus is the third-brightest body in the night sky and Jupiter is the fourth-brightest, though it is much farther away that Venus. The first brightest object in the sky is the sun and the second brightest humans can see from Earth is the moon. Having a quality telescope or an observatory nearby will aid in the chances that stargazers will be able to get the most out of the experience. But if the weather is nice, the conjunction should be fairly easy to see with the naked eye.

As Venus is closer to the sun than Jupiter, it moves through the sky faster, appearing as if it is “chasing” Jupiter. Tuesday night, they’ll be close as Venus prepares to pass the big guy in July. After the conjunction of the two planets, Venus will travel past Jupiter, as both planets continue in their orbits.

Though Venus and Jupiter will not quite “join” in the night sky, they will be so near to each other that if a person held up his or her finger, the tip could look as if it is covering both of the planets at the same time. In North America, they will appear to be a mere third of a degree away from each other and look like a “double star,” in the words of Sky & Telescope’s senior editor, Kelly Beatty.

Venus will look crescent-shaped. To the upper left of the conjunction of the two planets, a bit fainter will be the star Regulus in the constellation of Leo. The next time there will be a conjunction between them will be next year, on August 27th. Then, they will be even closer together, appearing to be only 0.1 degrees apart.

In actuality, Venus is quite far from Earth, 58 million miles distant from it. Jupiter is millions of miles further away, approximately 565 million miles away from Earth. That makes Jupiter, which is a lot larger than Venus, look similar in size when seen with the naked eye from Earth.

The conjunction of Jupiter and Venus is really an illusion, with the orbits of the two planets looking as if they are lining up as seen from Earth. While the conjunction is somewhat rare, with the next one going to happen only a year from August, the celestial event is not rare in the grand scheme of things. However, for the conjunction to also occur with the constellation of Leo as the backdrop, and the star Regullus visible nearby, is a rare occurrence that has not happened in 2000 years.

According to Phil Plait of New Scientist, while the conjunction, or lining up of planets, exerts somewhat more gravity upon Earth than if the planets were not lined up, if all of the planets were lined up in a conjunction, the overall combined gravity would still be far less than that of the moon. Some people believe that such alignments cause more earthquakes or are a potential sign of doomsday, but even the moon, which exerts a greater amount of gravity on Earth, does not cause a spike in the rate or severity of earthquakes twice a month.

Was the conjunction, which scientist say occurred approximately 2000 years ago in 3 or 2 B.C. between Venus and Jupiter, the same event that the Wise Men, or Magi, believed was the Star of Bethlehem that guided them to the baby Jesus? Perhaps it is possible that nobody can know for sure, but the conjunction of the two planets in the night sky will be a celestial event that stargazers will not want to miss. And for those that follow the Christian Faith, perhaps it is a time to pay close attention to the signs of the times. With respect to various reports being discussed among members of the Christian community, some church leaders are going as far as to caution believers against overreacting to the scientifically driven data.

Written By Douglas Cobb

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19 Responses to "Venus Star of Bethlehem That Wise Men Followed Reappears After 2000 Years (Video)"

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  2. Pastor Jason Gant (@PastorJasonGant)   July 3, 2015 at 12:56 am

    “According to Fred Schaaf, Sky & Telescope Contributing Editor, the upcoming conjunction of Venus and Jupiter will closely resemble one that occurred between the years 3 and 2 B.C., which falls within the approximate time frame that the Wise Men were said to have followed the Star of Bethlehem.”

    Unfortunately, not correct. The Wise Men visited King Herod the Great in Jerusalem some time BEFORE 4 B.C., the year that Josephus Flavius and archaeological discoveries indicate the year when King Herod died. (Matthew 2:3)

    Furthermore, the “planet conjunction” theory has a serious flaw, as found in Matthew 2:9: “When they heard the king, they departed; and behold, the star which they had seen in the East went before them, till it came and stood over where the young Child was.” (This was a “house” in Matthew 2:11) The term “stood over” in both Aramaic and later, Greek translations of Matthew’s Gospel clearly has the meaning of “directly above in close proximity.” an extremely difficult feat for planets, don’t you agree?

    Pastor Jason Gant
    Calvary Bible Church
    Catalina Island, California

    • Douglas Cobb   July 3, 2015 at 11:46 pm

      The date that Herod died is the subject of some speculation. At least some evidence is that he was demoted in 4 B.C., though he did not actually die until later. To read about this, one of many sources that cites people who argue that Herod did not die until later is called The Hope of Israel Ministries The hour-long video included with this article goes a ways in arguing the case that the Venus/Jupiter conjunction was what has come to be called the Star of Bethlehem, and other videos offer similar evidence.

  3. Astronomy   July 2, 2015 at 10:54 am

    The wise men traveled during December, not June. This is a summer solstice phenomenon, not a winter one. They would not have seen it.

    • Douglas Cobb   July 2, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Though the birth of Jesus is celebrated by many Christians on December 25, the Bible does not mention the month that he was born. It does say that shepherds were “abiding in the field,” which would suggest that the birth of Jesus actually occurred when flocks of sheep would generally be out in the fields, possibly anytime between Spring to Autumn. That would mean that the month of his birth could very possibly have been July or some other month in the summer.

  4. Neil Brown   July 2, 2015 at 10:07 am

    Having studied Astrology for many years, the conjunction that is talked about here would produce in the birth of a person, a nature which would be very sociable, protective and regal or royal nature in a very big way. This certainly may have contributed to the personality of Jesus. It Is possible.

    • Astronomy   July 2, 2015 at 10:56 am

      Its called astronomy, not astrology.

      • Aaron Stone   July 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm

        Lol. Astrology is the study of spiritual links of birth days and the positioning of the bodies in space. I’m guessing you know what astronomy is. There is a difference

  5. Brandon   July 2, 2015 at 8:47 am

    We get the word “planet” from a Greek word that means “wandering star” – meaning they recognized their movement in the skies. Even for a people without technology who both observed the skies more frequently than us, and did not experience light pollution, it would have been very obvious that the convergence was not a singular star, as they would have observed the “wandering stars” approaching each other in the days beforehand.

  6. mike lewis   July 1, 2015 at 6:08 pm

    star was 2 planets- but everything else in Bible was correct (ha ha)

  7. pattie   June 30, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I believe

  8. marinadreyermdMArina   June 30, 2015 at 10:14 am

    Even when earth is far older than we can imagine, why is it that the world uses dates in the year 2015? Who influenced this? If you know the answer, you might think different about the existence of Jesus. No man has ever influenced the world as Jesus did. You believe in Him or you don’t, but me and my house serve Him.

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  10. Christine Houston   June 30, 2015 at 6:40 am

    First of all who is Jebus? And second, what does vicarious salvation
    have to do with Venus Star of Bethlehem? Finally Red Barnstorm, are you
    real? You gots to be kidding.

  11. Red Barnstormer   June 30, 2015 at 5:34 am

    Jebus isn’t real.
    There is NO evidence for his existence.
    Plus, it doesn’t matter if he were real, vicarious salvation is no good anyway.
    You gots to do it yourself !

    • Justin Wyatt   June 30, 2015 at 6:26 am

      Jebus isn’t real but Jesus was an actual person. Archeologists and secular historians such a Josephus bear this out. Also, you won’t know how good God is until you try him for yourself. It is a salvation i would hate to be without because it helps me to love humanity even as God loves me.

    • Charlotte   June 30, 2015 at 8:47 am

      The book written during that time mentions Jesus. Big book written by a non Christian. It contains all writ tens from during that Era.

    • Charlotte   June 30, 2015 at 8:49 am

      I despise autocorrect. The book of Josephus is the book written that mentions Jesus and others.

      • David P.   July 3, 2015 at 12:19 pm

        Charlotte, pretty much all scholars believe that the comments about Yeishuu`a (Jesus) found in Josephus were added by a Christian after Josephus died. It’s pretty obvious, since they don’t fit with what’s around them and they don’t agree in any way with what Josephus says he believes everywhere else in his writings. On the other hand, what he says about Ya`aqohbh (Jacob), Yeishuu`a’s brother (King James changed his name to James in the KJV and that is what everyone calls him now) is believed to be genuine. One of the high priests had him killed, and Josephus describes how everyone felt it was a crime because he was such a holy and respectable man.


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