If there really was a Star of Bethlehem then it could have been a brilliant, fleeting comet like this one.

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Astronomers were sure it would be vaporised by the extreme heat, but after losing its tail in the close encounter it miraculously re-emerged and developed a new one as it streaked away from the star. Read more:

Five days ago there was
2011 Dec 19 (3) Million degrees Celsius: Comet survives rendezvous with the Sun
and today I read something about this event that then followed:

 

'Star of wonder' seen in east ahead of Christmas.

A new "star of wonder" has been pictured in the night sky after unexpectedly appearing in the east ahead of Christmas.

The heavenly apparition is caused by the Lovejoy comet, which remains intact despite having passed close to the Sun last week.

It has developed a long tail which appears as a burning streak in the sky over the eastern horizon shortly before dawn in countries like Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

The comet cannot be seen from northern countries like Britain because it does not clear the horizon until after sunrise, but its spectacular journey was captured by astronomers at the International Space Station on Wednesday.

ISS Commander Dan Burbank, who was photographing lightning storms over the Pacific Ocean when the comet appeared in view, described the sight as "the most amazing thing I have ever seen in space."

Comet Lovejoy's appearance comes as a great surprise after it came within 140,000km (87,000 miles) of the Sun last weekend - about a third of the distance between Earth and the Moon.

Astronomers were sure it would be vaporised by the extreme heat, but after losing its tail in the close encounter it miraculously re-emerged and developed a new one as it streaked away from the star.

Robin Scagell, of the Society for Popular Astronomy said: "If there really was a Star of Bethlehem then it could have been a brilliant, fleeting comet like this one."

 

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