Science Café: The Bethlehem Star

Science Café: The Bethlehem Star


18:30 - 19:30

Event Type

The Bethlehem Star

Rui Agostinho

Institute of Astrophysics and Space Sciences
Physics Department, Faculty of Sciences University of Lisbon

We will present and discuss the biblical texts that refer to this event, historically fitting the probable Christ’s date of birth. This will allow us to scientifically approach what could have been the astronomical phenomenon known as the “Bethlehem Star”.

In this presentation we will show realistic simulations of the starry sky that the kings observed to conclude that the Bethlehem star was really…


Rui Agostinho is Assistant Professor at the Department of Physics of the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. He has a PhD in Astrophysics/Physics from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. He was responsible for keeping the Portuguese official hour at OAL and the service of safely distributing the official hour via internet to the Portuguese institutions and companies.