By Paul Herrick

In the book "Astronomical Enigmas" (Mark Kidger, 2005) the author refers to a 1976 work
by British astronomer David Hughes looking for something to explain the "Star of
Bethlehem".  "In 7 BC, a triple conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn took place in Pisces, a
constellation traditionally associated with the Jews.-----On May 29, September 29, and
December 4 of 7 BC, Jupiter and Saturn approached to within twice the diameter of the
Moon before separating again.-----Hughes further suggests that the Nativity occurred on
September 15, 7 BC."

The Urantia Book (copyright 1955) says this:
1353§3 122:8.7 These wise men saw no star to guide them to Bethlehem. The beautiful
legend of the star of Bethlehem originated in this way: Jesus was born August 21 at noon,
7 B.C. On May 29, 7 B.C., there occurred an extraordinary conjunction of Jupiter and
Saturn in the constellation of Pisces. And it is a remarkable astronomic fact that similar
conjunctions occurred on September 29 and December 5 of the same year. Upon the
basis of these extraordinary but wholly natural events the well-meaning zealots of the
succeeding generation constructed the appealing legend of the star of Bethlehem and
the adoring Magi led thereby to the manger, where they beheld and worshiped the
newborn babe. Oriental and near-Oriental minds delight in fairy stories, and they are
continually spinning such beautiful myths about the lives of their religious leaders and
political heroes. In the absence of printing, when most human knowledge was passed by
word of mouth from one generation to another, it was very easy for myths to become
traditions and for traditions eventually to become accepted as facts.