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F. J. Tipler, Department of Mathematics and Department of Physics, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118 -- I shall argue that if the account in Matthew’s Gospel is taken literally, then the Star of Bethlehem must have been a Type Ia supernova or a Type Ic hypernova, located either in the Andromeda Galaxy, or if Type Ia, in a globular cluster of this galaxy. The account in Matthew may give the location of the SN remnant to within an arcminute, at least in declination. The remnant would be 60 in radius today, and could be searched for in the Fe I resonance line at 3860 Å. SN 1885 (S And) was first observed as an absorption line extended object at this wavelength.
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