I'm looking for the title of a short story where astronomers find the exact position where the Star of Bethlehem (a supernova in that story) was and an expedition is sent to it. If I remember correctly, the fact that it was the star of Bethlehem is only revealed to the reader very late in the story (of course, the expedition knew it from the beginning, this is why they went there in the first place).

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    In the Clarke story, they did not know the precise date before the expedition.
    – Oldcat
    Apr 10, 2014 at 18:27

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This was almost certainly turned into an episode of the 1980s Twilight Zone show.

From the Wikipedia entry:

This episode is based on a short story, "The Star" by Arthur C. Clarke, which was first published in Infinity Science Fiction (November, 1955). However, while Clarke's story ended with the priest in despair after the revelation that the alien civilization had perished in order to light "the Christmas star," the TV episode included the addition of an epitaph by the aliens, revealing their optimism about their place in the universe.

So the correct answer is this.

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    I've seen the episode and read the story. Both excellent. Apr 6, 2016 at 20:08

I remember reading this story. The Star by Arthur C Clarke fits the plot, is in a collection I would be likely to have read, and contains a quote I remember. So it's the one I remember reading; perhaps it's also the one you remember reading. You can read it online now.

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