'Season of Light' opens Saturday at Augie


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Posted Online: Dec. 06, 2012, 10:04 am
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Augustana College's John Deere Planetarium, 820 38th St., Rock Island, will present "Season of Light," its annual holiday program, from Saturday, Dec. 8, through Friday, Dec. 14. The show will start at 7 p.m. weekdays and 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
"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," Dr. Carkner said in a press release.
"Our show explains the seasons and the winter constellations, and speculates about the Star of Bethlehem," Dr. Carkner said.
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, from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. weekdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays.
The planetarium's doors will open 15 minutes before each show. Latecomers will not be admitted, and the show is not recommended for children seven and younger.
Admission is free, but reservations are requested. To make reservations, call (309) 794-7327 during weekday business hours.

















 




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