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Does anyone out there have a script to replicate the star of Bethlehem. In this case meaning a conjunction of Venus and Jupiter near Regulus.

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    $\begingroup$ Set the time to a Julian date of 1720550.70833. It also helps to turn of atmosphere, as the conjunction occurs in the morning twilight. $\endgroup$ – James K Nov 29 '15 at 21:26
  • $\begingroup$ Not in all timezones it doesn't. $\endgroup$ – adrianmcmenamin Dec 8 '15 at 19:41
  • $\begingroup$ @adrianmcmenamin What exactly did you mean 7 years ago? $\endgroup$ – B--rian Mar 19 at 10:40
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    $\begingroup$ I suspect I meant that you need to be aware that that precise Julian date isn’t morning twilight everywhere $\endgroup$ – adrianmcmenamin Mar 19 at 10:42
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, actually from Bethlehem 1720550.59 is a better time for the morning twilight. $\endgroup$ – James K Mar 19 at 18:42
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I like sharing the following quote from Wikipedia on the Star of Bethlehem

Astronomers have made several attempts to link the star to unusual celestial events, such as a conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn or Jupiter and Venus, a comet, or a supernova.

Some modern scholars do not consider the story to be describing a historical event but a pious fiction created by the author of the Gospel of Matthew.

This said, luckily you specify that you are after a conjunction of Jupiter and Venus. WolframAlpha can determine the conjunction of Venus and Jupiter closest to the year 0:

8:07:26 pm LMT | Thursday, October 14, 2 BC (extrapolated Gregorian calendar)

I have never used Stellarium, but other software, where entering that date and searching for Jupiter did the job.

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  • $\begingroup$ I am aware that this answer is in principle already in the comments, but I feel a bit of explanation does not hurt. $\endgroup$ – B--rian Mar 19 at 10:39

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