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FSCJ Professor to Speak on the Science behind the Star of Bethlehem

Dr. Mike Reynolds, professor of astronomy and physics at Florida State College at Jacksonville, will explore both the astronomical and historical aspects of the Star of Bethlehem as he weaves together possibilities for a puzzle that has been around some 2,000 years.

WHAT: Dr. Mike Reynolds, professor of astronomy and physics at Florida State College at Jacksonville, will explore both the astronomical and historical aspects of the Star of Bethlehem as he weaves together possibilities for a puzzle that has been around some 2,000 years. What was the Star of Bethlehem, one of the celebrated holiday season traditions? Is there any scientific or historical data that supports the Star? If so, what could the Star have been? Was it a supernova? A meteor or a bright comet? What about a gathering of the planets, called a conjunction? Or is it something historians and astronomers will never explain?

Dr. Mike Reynolds has served in education for more than 38 years, in positions including a high school and college instructor, museum director, planetarium director and college dean. His research takes him around the world to places such as Antarctica to search for meteorites.

Reynolds has written several astronomy books, and serves as a contributing editor for Astronomy. He has received recognition for his work, including the naming of asteroid 2004 SY26 michaelreynolds in recognition of his astronomy education and STEM work and 1986 Florida Teacher of the Year.

Following the talk, attendees are welcome to view the night skies through telescopes set up by the Northeast Florida Astronomical Society, weather-permitting.

COST: Free
WHEN: Friday, December 5, 2014
Presentation: 8–8:45 p.m.
Telescope observing (weather permitting): 8:45 p.m.
WHERE: Florida State College at Jacksonville Kent Campus
Main Auditorium (F128)
3939 Roosevelt Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32205

 

Sponsored by the Center for Learning Enrichment, Biomedical Pre-Professional Society (BPPS), Northeast Florida Astronomical Society (NEFAS) and the Florida State College at Jacksonville Astronomy Club.


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