SAN ANGELO, TX - The Angelo State University Planetarium will present two full-dome public astronomy shows during its 2017 holiday schedule, beginning Thursday, Nov. 30, in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer St.
Each Thursday, Nov. 30 – Dec. 21, “Season of Light” will run at 7 p.m. and “Einstein’s Gravity Playlist” will run at 8 p.m. All the shows are open to the public with admission prices of $3 for adults and $2 for children, active military and senior citizens. ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free.
“Season of Light” examines Celtic, pagan, Nordic, Roman, Egyptian and Hopi winter solstice rituals, along with Jewish and Christian practices, including the possible astronomical explanations for the “Star of Bethlehem.” The astronomy of the holiday season is highlighted by winter constellations, comets, meteors, novae, supernovae and an explanation of why we have seasons.
The program also explores some of the more light-hearted seasonal traditions, like gift giving, kissing under the mistletoe, decking the halls with greenery and candles, and songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing. The legends and customs of St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle and Father Christmas are also examined. The program is narrated by National Public Radio’s Noah Adams and is sponsored locally by the San Angelo Standard-Times.
“Einstein’s Gravity Playlist” is a new planetarium show created at Montana State University. It is a dynamic and multidimensional experience that tells the story of Einstein’s theory of relativity and the story of recently discovered gravitational waves. The combination of 360-degree cinematography, live action and 3-D animation helps audiences visualize what happens when stars explode in supernova, black holes collide and neutron stars merge, as well as the vibrations of space and time – making visible a science that cannot be seen.
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