>There’s always been a lot of scientific speculation on what the star of Bethlehem actually was in the Christmas story. Even if that blessed event had happened ten years ago, most people would still not know what the star was, at least in scientific terms. It would most likely take an experienced amateur astronomer or even a professional to offer a scientific explanation, if there was one. These days, however, any beginning astronomer could point a handheld sky computer, such as the Celestron Skyscout or the Meade Mysky Plus and quickly eliminate many possibilities. Still amazes me how easy technology has made it for a beginner to quickly identify any star or planet in the sky. During the holidays this year, I suspect a lot of people will be pointing a MySkt Plus or SkyScout at the night sky.