PSC Planetarium to show Christmas program

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The Planetarium at Pensacola State will show a full-dome version of the seasonal Christmas program entitled “Season of Light”. The scheduled shows will begin at noon on Nov. 22 and run through Dec. 15.

About 34 min. in length, the show will be followed by a brief (10-15 min.) night sky presentation. There will be no cost for students and employees with college ID’s. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The starting times for shows will vary. Noon shows will be presented Nov. 22 and Dec. 1, 10, 13 and 15. Shows on Nov. 23, Dec. 7 and 9 will be at 1:00 p.m.

The Planetaruim website describes the show, “Season of Light is an elegant program about the coldest and darkest of seasons — a time which holds some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year.  This presentation traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season.  The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi.  Naturally, there is some astronomy in Season of Light.  Audiences learn a selection of Northern hemisphere winter constellations, and find out why we even have seasons, as we demonstrate the Sun’s path across the sky throughout the year, and the Earth’s tilt and orbit around the Sun.”

More information about the show can be found at the planetarium website: