At least seven explanations of what the wise men saw have been offered (as listed in the Christmas section of my Astronomical Companion). Fred Schaaf is working on a book that will reveal the result of his study. Fred is the author of more than a dozen books on astronomy – the one I refer to most often is his biography (as I want to call it) of The Brightest Stars. He is a notably sensitive and appreciative soul, and I know his Christmas star book will radiate the wonder with which he is filled by what he sees in the skies directly or through his telescope. I hope it appears in good time for next Christmas, and I will reserve my thought on the topic till after he has had his say.