Planetarium and Observatory
Allen F. Blocher Planetarium
- These programs are free of charge
- The doors will open 30 minutes before shows unless stated otherwise
- The Blocher Planetarium will be CLOSED December 23 - January 26.
- The Pejsa Observatory will be CLOSED during the Fall of 2013.
Holiday Shows - Sundays at 2 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.
Night sky shows on Mondays Evenings at 8 p.m.
Holiday programs run December 8, 15, 22.
Winter Wonders - at 2 p.m.
This program looks at the time of the winter solstice, the point where the noontime sun is lowest in the sky. Join Jackie and Michelle, two teenage girls, as they hear about the Christian and Jewish religious events during this time of year. In addition, the girls learn about celebrations and rituals of many other cultures that originate from solstice observances. We also look at some of our more light-hearted traditions: gift-giving and decking the halls with candles and greenery. This program includes a look at some of the solstice customs of some of the peoples of central Africa, China, Native Americans, the Inuit, and the Incas to name a few. We conclude by looking at some of the monuments that have been built by prehistoric peoples to the winter solstice. Winter Wonders is a great holiday program for families.
Season of Light - at 3:15 p.m. (Doors open at 3 p.m.)
This program traces the development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas lights, to the lighting of the Menorah and luminarias. Season of Light not only recounts Christian and Jewish historical and religious events during the time of the winter solstice, but also celebrations and rituals of many other cultures. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as we also look at some of our more light-hearted traditions: gift-giving, kissing under the mistletoe, and decking the halls with greenery and candles. We conclude by looking at some of the possible astronomical explanations for what the Christmas star might have been. Lighten your holiday with a celebration of one of the warmest and brightest of times.
The Night Skies of Winter - Mondays
SHOWDATES: December 2, 9, 16 Showtimes 20:00 (8 p.m.)
As the seasons change, so does our view of the night sky.
This show takes a fairly in depth look at the stars, planets and constellations of the current night sky.
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