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Looking to the heavens

The Vatican’s scientists keep an eye on the sky through its own observatory

By ELISABETTA POVOLEDO THE NEW YORK TIMES

This article was published December 30, 2017 at 2:28 a.m.

ALBANO LAZIALE, Italy -- Some 2,000 years ago, a celestial phenomenon is believed to have lit up the sky. Guiding the wise men of New Testament lore to the birthplace of Jesus, the star of Bethlehem has since become a planetarium and Christmas carol favorite.

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