1) Why would a grouping of stars have a significance for a group of foreign scholars? The general consensus is that the Magi were Babylonian and most likely adherents to Zoroastrianism. In that case, they would have been looking for a sign announcing the return of their savior known as the sayoshant. Whatever the star was, it had to have an arresting power to direct the Magi to Bethlehem.
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Shepherds did not see the Star
Anything or anyone who diminishes The Star of Bethlehem via a natural explanation or extension of its visibility to anyone but the magi is stealing The Star by turning it into merely a star and they should be ignored.