Planetarium Theater Show: “Season of Light”
This seasonal program favorite traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, festive Christmas tree lights and sparkling candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias and setting off fireworks in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah. The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. Naturally, there is some astronomy in Season of Light. We learn a selection of Northern hemisphere winter constellations and find out why we even have seasons, and of course, the program explores the possible astronomical explanations for a “Star over Bethlehem.” A “Tonight’s Sky” program showing seasonal constellations and planets currently in the night sky will follow the show.
Cost: Free for members, $2.00 per person for non-members.