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November 2006

Release Date: November 27, 2006

ASU Planetarium Presents ‘Season of Light’

The historical, religious and cultural rituals of the winter solstice will be the focus of the holiday astronomy program “Season of Light,” beginning Thursday, Nov. 30, in the Angelo State University Planetarium.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 30 to Dec. 14, and 2 p.m. Saturdays, Dec. 2-9. The Planetarium is located in the ASU Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer.

“Season of Light” will examine Celtic, pagan, Nordic, Roman, Egyptian and Hopi solstice rituals along with Jewish and Christian practices, including the possible astronomical explanations for the “Star of Bethlehem.”

The program will also explore 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 will be explained while Santa Claus drops in for a visit.

The astronomy of the holiday season will be highlighted by winter constellations, comets, meteors, novae, supernovae and an explanation of why we have seasons. The program will be narrated by Noah Adams, host of National Public Radio’s afternoon news program “All Things Considered.”

“Season of Light” is open to the public with admission price of $3 for adults and $2 for children, students and senior citizens. ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free.

For more information, contact Dr. Mark Sonntag at the Planetarium, 942-2136.

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