Professor of theoretical astrophysics and cosmology Grand Matthews of the University of Notre Dame in the United States said that the wise men came to Jerusalem not because of appearing in the east of the Star of Bethlehem, but because they saw an extremely rare planetary phenomenon.
Grand Matthews studied the historical, astronomical and biblical records in order to understand the nature of the appearance of the Star of Bethlehem. And he came to the conclusion that at this time the Sun, Jupiter, Moon and Saturn were in the sign of Aries, while Venus was in Pisces, and Mercury and Mars are on the other side, in Taurus. According to calculations of astrophysics, planetary alignment like that again only after 500 thousand years.
According to the Gospel of Matthew, the wise men came to Jerusalem, because they saw a mysterious celestial phenomenon, and decided that he was born "King of the Jews," and have come to worship him. This phenomenon they called "a star."
However, the Church believes that fulfilling its mission and proclaiming Jesus' appearance, the star disappeared from the sky and it was wonderful, but not astronomical phenomenon. Scientists have put forward the assumption, which as the Star of Bethlehem were Halley's comet, conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn, Saturn and Mars, as well as outbreaks of new and supernovae.