A WDAY viewer wrote the Weather Center this week, inquiring about the bright star or planet in the southeastern sky early in the mornings lately. This is Venus, which goes back and forth between the evening and morning sky due to its orbit around the sun being inside the orbit of Earth's.

The viewer was wondering if this star could have been the Christmas star of Biblical legend. This is not likely. If the three kings of the Christmas story were, in fact, wise men, then they would have been familiar with the night sky and would have recognized Venus as one of the "wandering stars."

There are several theories about what sort of natural night sky phenomenon might have appeared at the time of Jesus' birth, but considering that this was two millennia ago, with sketchy records of the time of year and even of the actual year, such a thing is only possible to guess.

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