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Planetarium: “Season of Light”

7:00pm CST December 8

Planetarium, Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building

The ASU Planetarium will present the full-dome holiday astronomy show “Season of Light” each Thursday, Dec. 1 to Dec. 15, in the Vincent-Nursing Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer St.

There will also be a special matinee showing of “Season of Light” at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3.

“Season of Light” examines Celtic, pagan, Nordic, Roman, Egyptian and Hopi winter solstice rituals, along with Jewish and Christian practices, including the possible astronomical explanations for the “Star of Bethlehem.” The astronomy of the holiday season is highlighted by winter constellations, comets, meteors, novae, supernovae and an explanation of why we have seasons. 

The program also explores some of the more light-hearted seasonal traditions, like gift giving, kissing under the mistletoe, decking the halls with greenery and candles, and songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing. The legends and customs of St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle and Father Christmas are also examined. The program is narrated by National Public Radio’s Noah Adams and is sponsored locally by the San Angelo Standard-Times.

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325-942-2136
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