Holy star will be discussed

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THE mystery of the star of Bethlehem will be a topic of a lecture at an upcoming meeting of the Hampshire Astronomical Group.

The star, which is said to have led the ‘Three Wise Men’ to the birth of Jesus, will be looked at in a talk by Dr Mark Kidger.

Dr Kidger is an astronomer at the European Space Agency.

In the talk, he will ask whether the star was a meteor, a supernova or a comet, and explore accounts of the first Christmas.

The event will take place at the Clanfield Memorial Hall in Clanfield on December 11 at 7.45pm.

Tickets cost £3 and will be available on the door.

For more information, e-mail peta.bosley@hantsastro.org.uk or visit hantsastro.org.uk.

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