Augustana College presents Holiday Planetarium Show


Share
Posted Online: Nov. 15, 2012, 10:12 am
Comment on this story | Print this story | Email this story
Press release submitted by Augustana College


Rock Island, Ill. – Augustana College's John Deere Planetarium (820 38th St.) will present its annual holiday program from Saturday, Dec. 8, to Friday, Dec. 14. The planetarium show "Season of Light" will be offered weekdays at 7 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.
Admission is free and reservations are requested. For reservations, call (309) 794-7327 during weekday business hours.
"Season of Light" is a multimedia planetarium show led by Dr. Lee Carkner, planetarium director and associate professor of physics at Augustana. The show uses the planetarium sky projector, astronomical images, music and narration. "All of this is projected onto a 30-foot dome to tell the story of how our holiday traditions are connected to the sky above," said Dr. Carkner.
December is the darkest month of the year, and people all over the world hold festivals, light candles and try to bring light to the darkness of the winter sky. "Our show explains the seasons and the winter constellations, and speculates about the Star of Bethlehem," said Dr. Carkner.
Just outside the planetarium in the Getz-Rogers Gallery, full-color images from the Hubble Space Telescope and a quarter-ton piece of the Canyon Diablo meteor will be displayed with interpretive information. The nearby Fryxell Geology Museum also will be open to the public, on weekdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.
The planetarium's doors will open 15 minutes before each show. Latecomers will not be admitted, and it is not recommended for children 7 years and younger.
For more information please contact Gail Parsons at (309) 794-7327.












ARC








 



Local events heading








  Today is Friday, April 18, the 108th day of 2014. There are 257 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: A new steamer, Keithsburg, now is at our levee taking on board the balance of her fixtures preparatory to assuming her position on the daily Rock Island and Keokuk line.
1889 -- 125 years ago: C.W. Hawes was appointed deputy county clerk by county clerk Donaldson.
1914 -- 100 years ago: Mrs. O.E. child, of Moline, was named president of the Women's Home Missionary Society of the Methodist Church Rock Island District of the Central Illinois conference.
1939 -- 75 years ago: Augustana College is making plans for a drive for funds to erect a field house and make football field improvements.
1964 -- 50 years ago: A expanded election coverage system featuring a 16-foot chalkboard showing up to the minute running totals, attracted a large and enthusiastic crowd to The Argus newsroom last night.
1989 -- 25 years ago: Balloons frame Rock Island attorney Stewart Winstein who was given a surprise party in the rotunda of the Rock Island County Courthouse on Thursday to honor his 50th year of practicing law.




(More History)