6 BC

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Millennium: 1st millennium BC
6 BC in various calendars
Gregorian calendar 6 BC
Ab urbe condita 748
Ancient Greek era 193rd Olympiad, year 3
Assyrian calendar 4745
Balinese saka calendar N/A
Bengali calendar −598
Berber calendar 945
Buddhist calendar 539
Burmese calendar −643
Byzantine calendar 5503–5504
Chinese calendar 甲寅(Wood Tiger)
2691 or 2631
    — to —
乙卯年 (Wood Rabbit)
2692 or 2632
Coptic calendar −289 – −288
Discordian calendar 1161
Ethiopian calendar −13 – −12
Hebrew calendar 3755–3756
Hindu calendars
 - Vikram Samvat 51–52
 - Shaka Samvat N/A
 - Kali Yuga 3095–3096
Holocene calendar 9995
Iranian calendar 627 BP – 626 BP
Islamic calendar 646 BH – 645 BH
Javanese calendar N/A
Julian calendar 6 BC
Korean calendar 2328
Minguo calendar 1917 before ROC
Nanakshahi calendar −1473
Seleucid era 306/307 AG
Thai solar calendar 537–538
Tibetan calendar 阳木虎年
(male Wood-Tiger)
121 or −260 or −1032
    — to —
(female Wood-Rabbit)
122 or −259 or −1031

Year 6 BC was a common year starting on Sunday or Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Julian calendar (the sources differ, see leap year error for further information) and a common year starting on Friday of the Proleptic Julian calendar. At the time, it was known as the Year of the Consulship of Balbus and Vetus (or, less frequently, year 748 Ab urbe condita). The denomination 6 BC for this year has been used since the early medieval period, when the Anno Domini calendar era became the prevalent method in Europe for naming years.


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  1. ^ Spears, Tom (2005-12-04). "Star of Wonder". Ottawa Citizen. p. A7.  "Michael Molnar announced 10 years ago his conclusion that the Star of Bethlehem was in fact a double eclipse of Jupiter in a rare astrological conjunction that occurred in Aries on March 20, 6 BC, and again on April 17, 6 BC. ... Mr. Molnar believes that Roman astrologers would have interpreted the double-eclipse as signifying the birth of a divine king in Judea." However, astronomical software such as Stellarium shows that on March 20, the occultation of Jupiter by the Moon could not be seen from Rome, as the Moon passed by the planet without obscuring it. Furthermore, the event on April 17 began when Jupiter was 38 degrees above the horizon, at 2pm, i.e. in daylight, so it is extremely unlikely that this event would have been seen either.