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Kelce Planetarium presents ‘Season of Light’

The L. Russell Kelce Planetarium at Pittsburg State University will present a special seasonal program at 6 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1, 8 and 10.

The L. Russell Kelce Planetarium at Pittsburg State University will present a special seasonal program at 6 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. on Dec. 1, 8 and 10.

Each show will begin with a tour of the current night sky. That will be followed by the film “Season of Light,” narrated by broadcast journalist and author Noah Adams.

“Season of Light,” produced by Loch Ness Productions, traces the history and development of many of the world's most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season, from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah.

The show also recounts the historical, religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice, including not only Christian and Jewish traditions, but also those from Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi societies. The program also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions.

Audiences learn a selection of northern hemisphere winter constellations, and find out why we even have seasons, as they follow the Sun's path across the sky throughout the year, and the Earth's tilt and orbit around the Sun.

Admission is $3 for adults and $2 for students, children and seniors (cash at door). 

Doors close promptly at the start times and entry afterwards is not permitted. For more information, call the PSU Department of Physics at 620-235-4391.

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