Midland Continues Popular Tradition with “The Star of Bethlehem” Presentation

FREMONT – Midland University will continue a popular holiday tradition with a special showing of “The Star of Bethlehem” in the Lueninghoener Planetarium.

The planetarium has a long history of presenting a “Star of Bethlehem” to the public. There is no admission fee to attend the show. Tracy Buffington, Communications Content Manager with Midland, says this tradition was recently revitalized after an upgrade in equipment.

“We had a series of shows for years, and it was always very popular with the community. And then it kind of dropped off for a couple of years,” said Buffington. “Last year we were able to bring it back thanks to some projection equipment that got updated in our Lueninghoener Planetarium. So once again this year we are going to do a special showing of ‘The Start of Bethlehem.'”

“The Star of Bethlehem” was produced by the Eugenides Foundation in Greece. The special audiovisual show focuses on historical and scientific facts concerning the skies and stars that people could see 2,000 years ago.

“They’ll get to travel back in time and see what, historically, was happening at that time, and how the stars arranged on that particular night,” explained Buffington. “The presentation, which is about 45 minutes long, really walks you through the different ideas of how the stars aligned just so on that night the Three Wise Men were able to follow that to Bethlehem.”

The special showing of “The Star of Bethlehem” is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 17th at the Lueninghoener Planetarium. Seating is limited to 70. Those attending the presentation should note the program will depict flying and may cause dizziness and/or disorientation for some viewers. The planetarium is located within the Swanson Hall of Science at 798 N. Irving Avenue.

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