Pat Shingleton for Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012

Saturday’s column noted a “Star in the East,” leading the Wise Men to the Christ child. As noted in previous columns, the Gospel of Matthew indicates Jesus was born during King Herod’s reign. Roman historian Flavius Josephus chronicled the death of Herod after an eclipse of the moon, prior to Passover. Astrophysicist Grant Matthews contends the “Star in the East’s” appearance could have occurred within 2 years before the Wise Men’s travels to Bethlehem in 6 B.C., 5 B.C., 1 B.C. or 1 A.D. This would have targeted the star’s appearance anywhere from 8 B.C. to 4 B.C. The star would have appeared before sunrise, resting in the sky. Korean and Chinese astronomers recorded a “comet that didn’t move” around 4 B.C. More Monday.

Fastcast: Cloudy, warm.

TODAY: Iso Rain? (cloudy) 69/59

MONDAY: Stormy, AM (thunderstorms) 73/58

TUESDAY: PM Thunder (thunderstorms) 72/45

WEDNESDAY: AM Rain (sun t-storms) 56/34

THURSDAY: Cold (sunny) 55/39

FRIDAY: Cloudy (partly cloudy) 61/45