The John Deere Planetarium at Augustana College will be presenting its annual holiday program on Dec. 4-16, 2010. The planetarium show "Season of Light" will be offered weekday evenings at 7:00 pm and Saturdays and Sundays at 2:00 pm. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. The program lasts about 45 minutes. It is not recommended for children ages seven and under. The John Deere Planetarium is located at 820 38th Street, Rock Island. Parking is available on both sides of 38th Street.
"Season of Light" is a multimedia planetarium show that uses the planetarium sky projector, astronomical images, music and narration, all projected onto a 30-foot dome to tell the story of how our holiday traditions are connected to the sky above. December is the darkest month of the year and people all over the world have held festivals, lit candles and tried to bring light to the darkness of the winter sky. Our show also explains the seasons, the winter constellations and speculates about the Star of Bethlehem, all narrated by the distinctive voice of National Public Radio's Noah Adams.
Each presentation begins with brief introductory remarks, and is followed by a question-and-answer period. Planetarium Director Dr. Lee Carkner and Director Emeritus Dr. Mel Peterson will be leading the shows. Just outside the planetarium, full-color images from the Hubble Space Telescope and a quarter ton piece of the Canyon Diablo meteorite will be displayed with interpretive information in the Getz-Rogers Gallery.
In addition, the Fryxell Geology Museum, just adjacent to the planetarium, will be open for visitors weeknights from 7:30 to 8:30 pm and Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. This museum includes a fine collection of Illinois minerals, as well as a state-of-the-art fluorescent display.
Admission to the holiday planetarium program and the museum is free, but reservations (recommended) are requested for "Season of Light", and can be made by calling (309) 794-7327 during weekday business hours. Doors will open 15 minutes before each program. Late-comers will not be admitted.
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