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Planetarium's “Season of Light” show scheduled

November  08, 2011

Augustana's planetarium and observatory

Augustana College’s John Deere Planetarium (820 38th St.) will host a free holiday show titled “Season of Light” from Saturday, Dec. 10, to Friday, Dec. 16. The planetarium show will be offered weekdays at 7 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Admission is free, and reservations are requested. For reservations, call (309) 794-7327 during weekday business hours.

“This show—‘Season of Light’—is a multimedia planetarium show that uses the planetarium sky projector, astronomical images, music and narration. All of this is projected onto a 30-foot dome to tell the story of how our holiday traditions are connected to the sky above,” said Dr. Lee Carkner, planetarium director and associate professor of physics at Augustana.

December is the darkest month of the year, and people all over the world have held festivals, lit candles and tried to bring light to the darkness of the winter sky. “The show explains the seasons, the winter constellations and speculates about the Star of Bethlehem,” said Carkner, who will lead the show.

Just outside the planetarium in the Getz-Rogers Gallery, full-color images from the Hubble Space Telescope and a quarter-ton piece of the Canyon Diablo meteor will be displayed with interpretive information. The nearby Fryxell Geology Museum also will be open to the public, on weekdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

The planetarium’s doors will open 15 minutes before each show. Late-comers will not be admitted, and it is not recommended for children ages 7 and under.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
(309) 794-7833