ASK Commentary
December 3, 2002 

Griffith Planetarium and Dr. Martin's Star Book

Breaking News for December 3, 2002 - Features You Should Know About

The Griffith Observatory and Planetarium in Los Angeles features Dr. Martin's book, The Star that Astonished the World at their reference webpage at: If you have interest in this topic beyond what Dr. Martin has written, or simply enjoy reading other material on the subject, then by all means view this short bibliographic website by this world-famous scientific institution. The Planetarium states the Dr. Martin's book is,

"... the best reference for information on the star and especially the history of the events surrounding it. A must have!" [exclamation theirs]

Note also an article written by John Mosley, Program Supervisor for Griffith Observatory, "Common Errors in 'Star of Bethlehem' Planetarium Shows" (reprinted from their publication The Planetarian, Third Quarter, 1981). The article was written specifically for planetarium professionals, but it has interesting historical data for the layman. View it at:

If you do not have Dr. Martin's book, it is available directly from ASK. A descriptive webpage is: The Star that Astonished the World. This is the latest 1996 edition, 280 pages, ISBN #0-945657-88-9.

View the free graphic presentation co-developed by Griffith Planetarium and MSNBC that appears every year on the MSNBC "Mysterious Universe." It is at: The Star of Bethlehem Video. (Hint: Click on the TV icon to start the presentation.) No special software is needed.

Or, go directly to MSNBC website:

David Sielaff

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