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

About Samford University – Samford University is a premier nationally ranked private university deeply rooted in its Christian mission. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher education in the United States. U.S. News & World Report ranks Samford 4th among regional universities in the South. Samford enrolls 5,619 students from 44 states, the District of Columbia and 29 other countries in its 10 academic units: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy, and public health. Samford also fields 17 NCAA Division I teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference.