University of Notre Dame astrophysicist to current Christmas Star lecture

Christmas star lecture

University of Notre Dame astrophysicist Grant Mathews will give three presentations of his well-liked program titled “What and When was the Christmas Star?” in the Digital Visualization Theater of Notre Dame’s Jordan Hall of Science.

The applications, which are cost-free and open to the public, will take area at 7 p.m. Dec. five (Friday), three p.m. Dec. six (Saturday) and 3 p.m. Dec. 7 (Sunday).

The Gospel of Matthew information a peculiar astronomical event that occurred at the birth of Christ. Mathews has applied the tools of present day astrophysics to the search for evidence of this occasion. His program will examine no matter whether the “Christmas Star” was a nova, a supernova or a planet alignment and examine the attainable identity of the “wise males from the East.” He will describe recent evidence that points toward new answers to the nature and time of visual appeal of this special event.

The public applications will be followed by a special video presentation of “A Season of Lights.”

The plan is sponsored by Notre Dame’s Department of Physics and Center for Astrophysics.

Contact: Susan Baxmeyer, 574-631-6386,

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