Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2009-11-20

The popular multimedia presentation, “Star of Bethlehem,” will be shown again during the Holiday season at Christenberry Planetarium in Samford University’s Propst Hall.

Presentations will be at 7 p.m. on December 11, 14 and 17, and at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12.  Groups can reserve special showings at additional times.

The hour-long 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.

“A very busy night sky offers several possibilities that scholars have debated for centuries,” says planetarium director George Atchley. “But modern technology delivers a recent discovery that ‘outshines’ all previous speculations.”

The presentation is suitable for all ages. Admission is free. For information or to schedule a group showing, call Atchley at (205) 726-4139 or email

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 66th in the nation for best undergraduate teaching and 104th nationally for best value. Samford enrolls 5,683 students from 47 states and 19 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 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.