Star of Bethlehem

Matthew 2. 1-2 "There came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east." (KJV)

Several years ago an article was written by James Chapman reporting that a 4th Century manuscript by Firmicus had been found stating in 6 B.C. that there had been a rare double eclipse by the moon passing in front of Jupiter. Firstly on March 20 and then on April 17. Firmicus, a Christian convert, implied it signified the birth of a king like Jesus.

Was this the guiding star?