MAN CITY (4-2-3-1)HART, SAGNA, KOMPANY, MANGALA, KOLAROV, NAVAS, FERNANDINHO, TOURE, STERLING, SILVA, AGUEROWATFORD (4-2-3-1)DEENEY, JURADO, IGHALO, ANYA,BEHRAMI, CAPOUE,HOLEBAS, CATHCART, PRODL, NYOM, GOMESManchester City are bidding to set a new club record 10th win in a row against Watford after securing a third straight victory of the season at Everton last Sunday.That was the club’s ninth successive three points following on from their six wins at the end of last season, equalling a record of top-flight wins set in 1912.City last lost on April 12, at Manchester United, and were last beaten at the Etihad Stadium on January 18, by Arsenal.Watford, by contrast, are also unbeaten but are the only team in the Premier League to have drawn all three games. In Sunday’s goalless draw with Southampton, they failed to have a shot on target, with 13 attempts either blocked or off target.They have visited Manchester City just six times previously in the league, drawing one and winning two, most recently in April 1987. In their only previous Premier League visit, in December 2006, they drew 0-0.Since then, Watford have returned twice in the FA Cup, losing both and conceding seven goals.City will miss Pablo Zabaleta for up to a month with a serious knee injury while Watford are without Lloyd Doyley and Joel Ekstrand.
Mathews believes that means the Christmas star could have appeared anywhere from 8 to 4 B.C. Among the characteristics written about the star was that it appeared before sunrise and that it appeared to “rest in the sky.” Mathews also found writings from Korean and Chinese astronomers of an event about 4 B.C. that described a comet with no tail that didn’t move. Using that set of facts, Mathews found several possibilities, including supernovas, novas and planetary alignments. Mathews found two possible supernovas in the right period, but said one was probably too low on the horizon to be seen. The other supernova is known as Kes 75. But it was 60,000 light years away and may not have been particularly spectacular. “There’s no real convincing evidence this happened right at 2000 years ago, but it could be in the range of being right because it’s in the right location,” he said. He also found a number of nova that also could have been the Christmas star. The one he thinks is the most likely candidate is known as Nova Aquilae V603. The problem with novas and comets, though, is that they were believed in ancient times to be a sign of disaster, not a portent of good things to come. For that reason, Mathews believes the Christmas star is most likely an alignment of planets. He said there are three likely times for this: Feb. 20, 6 B.C., when Mars, Jupiter and Saturn aligned in the constellation Pisces. April 17, 6 B.C., when the sun, Jupiter, the moon and Saturn aligned in the constellation Aries while Venus and Mars were in neighboring constellations. June 17, 2 B.C., when Jupiter and Venus were closely aligned in Leo. Mathews believes the April 17, 6 B.C., alignment is the most likely candidate. It makes sense because he believes the wise men were Zoroastrian astrologers who would have recognized the planetary alignment in Aries as a sign a powerful leader was born. Unless a document is discovered that allows historians to more accurately estimate exactly when Jesus was born, it will be impossible to say what caused the light with absolute certainty, Mathews said. “I think it would take more of a historical reference more than an astrophysics,” he said. “There are plenty of strong opinions out there. I think this is as good as you can do for now.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SOUTH BEND, Ind. – It’s long been a puzzle for Christian astronomers, and now a professor from the University of Notre Dame thinks he has it figured out – almost, anyway. His quest: discovering just what “the star in the East” was that led wise men to travel to Bethlehem 2,000 years ago. As a theoretical astrophysicist, Grant Mathews had hoped the answer would be spectacular – something like a supernova. But two years of research have led him to a more ordinary conclusion. The heavenly sign around the time of the birth of Jesus Christ was likely an unusual alignment of planets, the sun and the moon. Not a lot was written about the star in the Bible. In the Gospel of Matthew it says: “Where is he who has been born king of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the East, and have come to worship him.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonThe star, though, has long been immortalized in Christmas songs, plays and movies. Astronomers, theologians and historians for hundreds of years have been trying to determine exactly which star might have inspired the biblical writing. German astronomer Johannes Kepler proposed in 1604 that the “star” was really a conjunction of the planets Mars, Jupiter and Saturn in 7 B.C. The advantage Mathews has over Kepler and others who have pondered the question is that he had access to NASA’s databases. “In principle, we can see any star that was ever made from the beginning of time if we knew where to look. So the question is, could we find a star that could be a good candidate for what showed up then?” he said. Mathews found several possibilities. He began by posing three questions he would ask when trying to find the answer to any astronomical event: When did it occur? What were its characteristics? Did anyone else see it? The Gospel of Matthew indicates Jesus was born in Bethlehem when Herod was king. Roman historian Flavius Josephus wrote that Herod died after an eclipse of the moon before the Passover. Mathews said among the possibilities are 6 B.C., 5 B.C., 1 B.C. or 1 A.D. The star could have appeared up to two years before the wise men arrived in Jerusalem, he said.