Date(s) - 11/16/2019
7:00 pm

Holcomb Observatory and Planetarium Show | Butler University


Season of Light explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season. It’s an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the “Star over Bethlehem.” This show traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season — from the burning Yule log, sparkling Christmas tree lights and candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual of the Hanukkah Menorah.

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. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift-giving and kissing under the mistletoe, to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing, and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles. St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle, Father Christmas, and Santa Claus all drop by as well.

The immersive fulldome feature film is followed by a star/constellation show highlighting the current evening sky and where to find the planets in the sky.  Following the planetarium portion of the evening visitors will then have the opportunity to view the MOON (if at the proper phase), SATURN, and other assorted celestial hor d’oeuvres through Indiana’s largest telescope, weather permitting. Viewing through the telescope is always free and weather permitting (click on ClearSky Clock below for likely weather conditions).

Admission is $5 for children and students under 18 and $7 for adults for the planetarium show. They accept cash or credit. Tickets can be purchased in the lobby after doors open.

Holcomb Observatory Season of Light

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