Festive planetarium show explores stars and constellations of the season


The holiday season has arrived, and so has Radford University's festive planetarium show.

The first showing of "'Tis the Season" will air on Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. Shows will continue on Dec. 8 and Dec. 13, in addition to the children's shows on Dec. 10 and 17 at 10:30 a.m. Four extra shows have been scheduled - one on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. and three on Dec. 20 at 5, 6:15 and 7:30 p.m.

The show tells the story of the stars and constellations of the holiday season. It also describes the stories and legends associated with Christmas, including the origins of Santa Claus. With our ancestors being so dependent on the sky to regulate the rhythms of their lives, this story also discusses the possible astronomical phenomenon of the Christmas star.

Planetarium shows are free and open to the public. The planetarium is located on the first level of the Center for the Sciences building, room M75.  Visitors should enter the center from Main Street, through the doors next to the planetarium sphere. Seating is limited to 55 people, and no food or drinks are allowed.

For a full schedule and description of the shows, visit the Radford University Planetarium website.

Dec 1, 2016
Mary Hardbarger