Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2005-12-02

A multimedia video presentation, "Star of Messiah," will be shown on five evenings during December at the Christenberry Planetarium in the Samford University Sciencenter.

Presentations will be at 7 p.m. on Dec. 15, 17, 19, 20 and 22. The 60-minute show addresses questions that historians and scientists have long pondered about the star that appeared in the east, as cited in the gospel of Matthew. It is appropriate for all ages.

Admission is free. Groups can reserve special showings at additional times. For information, call planetarium director George Atchley at (205) 726- 4139.

This year's show is new and different from presentations of the past few holiday seasons, notes Atchley.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. The Wall Street Journal ranks Samford 1st nationally for student engagement and U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 37th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 97th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,758 students from 48 states and 22 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference, and ranks 3rd nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.