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Fred G. Dale Planetarium to Show 'Season of Light' Dec. 5-19

Published: 11-19-2010 11:45 am

The Wayne State College planetarium will feature "Season of Light" at 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 5-19. The show 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, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual 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 Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas and Santa Claus all drop by as well. Season of Light is visually rich, culturally inclusive, musically satisfying, and soothing as a warm drink on a cold winter's night.

The Wayne State College planetarium includes a high-definition projection system putting 3 million pixels on the 30-foot dome; astronomy software with a database of 500 million stars that can move backward and forward through time +/- 100,000 years, allowing an audience to look at space from any location in the solar system; and an extensive educational library of astronomical images and movies for K-college class use. The planetarium can be used as a learning environment with a surround-sound system.

The planetarium has 10 full-dome shows for adults and children. Please find information on these shows and future shows at:

For information: Dr. Todd Young, (402) 375-7471



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