December 2, 2009
Elizabeth Blevins, Director, Office of Communications
Office: (740) 351-3810; FAX: (740) 351-3179; Cell: (740) 464-4854
940 Second Street – Portsmouth, Ohio 45662
Web site: www.shawnee.edu
Shawnee State’s Clark Planetarium presents free Christmas
Who were the wise men? Were there just three? Did they come
from Persia, Babylon or Ethiopia? Did they follow a visible
star to Jerusalem? Was Jesus born 2009 years ago? Is
December 25th his real birthday?
Planetarium in the Advanced Technology Center at Shawnee
State University has scheduled several Christmas shows to
answer these questions.
The “Star of
Bethlehem” will be presented from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday,
Dec. 11, Monday, Dec. 14 and Friday, Dec. 18. This will be
the last show of the season until the new schedule is
announced in January. The Dec. 7 show is cancelled.
Bethlehem” answers many questions as the search continues
for a celestial object that could have led the wise men to
the Christ child. A planet was called a "wandering star," a
meteor was a "shooting star" and a comet was a "hairy star"
because its tail looked like a beard.
These are all
candidates in the search. Discover what this event might
have been and how it could have guided the wise men to
Jerusalem and on to Bethlehem.
planetarium schedule and visiting information, call the
planetarium information line at (740) 351-3125, or visit the
Web site at http://planetarium.shawnee.edu.
All shows at
Clark Planetarium are free and open to the public. School
groups and other non-profit groups wanting to organize a
private showing also will be free.
“We hope this
will attract more visitors and aid Clark Planetarium in
teaching the public about astronomy,” said Dr. Timothy
Hamilton, director of Clark Planetarium.
information on scheduling a private planetarium show, please
call the information line at (740) 351-3125 or the scheduler
at (740) 351-3222.