Samford University The BelltowerNovember 2004

Samford University planetarium

Planetarium Presents 'Star of Bethlehem' Program

“...The production, suitable for all ages, presents a historical perspective of this event while examining astronomical phenomena such as bolides (fireballs), comets, supernovae and conjunctions between stars and planets, and also allows for a 'miracle star' explanation...”

Perhaps no Christian symbol other than the cross of crucifixion captures people’s attention more than the star associated with Jesus’ birth. For two millennia its certainty has evaded scholars and scientists from around the world.

At 7 p.m. on Dec. 13, 14, 16 and 17, the Samford University planetarium will host a multimedia video presentation, "Star of Bethlehem," that examines all aspects of this powerful symbol.

The production, suitable for all ages, presents a historical perspective of this event while examining astronomical phenomena such as bolides (fireballs), comets, supernovae and conjunctions between stars and planets, and also allows for a "miracle star" explanation. It provides a rare opportunity to cultivate new interest in astronomy, and viewers need not have any previous experience in the subject to enjoy the event.

These events are open to the public and free of charge. Groups of 10 or more are welcome to schedule a special showing.

The 100-seat planetarium is located in the north wing of Samford’s Sciencenter.

For more information, call planetarium director George Atchley at (205) 726-4139.

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