Posted by Mary Wimberley on 2014-12-04

A multimedia presentation, “The Star of Bethlehem,” will be shown in Samford University’s Christenberry Planetarium at 8 p.m. on Dec. 4-6 and at 4 p.m. on Dec. 7. The public is invited free of charge.

The hour-long presentation will discuss possible theories related to the famous star using astronomical, historical and biblical evidence, according to planetarium director David Weigel. 

“The show will provide an introduction to the Christmas season through reflection on the true reason for the season,” said Weigel, adding that the 2014 version of the long-popular show includes some new elements that make it a fresh presentation.

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Doors open 30 minutes prior to each show.  The 94-seat planetarium is wheelchair accessible and is located in Samford’s Propst Hall.

For information, contact Weigel at (205) 726-4139 or email He also invites conversation on social media: #GetExcitedSU.

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.