College announces Planetarium public showings for December

Each month Dr. Ann Bragg thinks the community interest in Marietta College’s Anderson Hancock Planetarium will begin to wane. To her excitement she continues to be wrong.

Six months since its dedication, the Planetarium has welcomed 6,000 visitors through community nights, special programming for area school children and open houses.

“Nevertheless, I frequently encounter Marietta residents who have not yet made it to a show,” Bragg said. “So I hope to see many first-time visitors at our December program.”

In December, Bragg has upped the number of public showings to five. That month, the Planetarium will present “Season of Light.”

“The full-dome show ‘Season of Light’ contains a mix of astronomy and history,” she said. “Anyone interested in the origin of familiar holiday traditions should find it worthwhile. In particular, the show has a perspective on the Christmas star that may be new to most viewers.”

The public viewings also explore other holiday traditions, including the Yule log, mistletoe and the Christmas tree. Preceding “Season of Light” will be a brief star talk focusing on the late December sky.

Created by Loch Ness Productions, “Season of Light” is an elegant and sophisticated program about the coldest and darkest of seasons of the year that happens to coincide with some of the warmest and brightest celebrations of the year.

The show also recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the winter solace including Christian, Jewish, Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi traditions.

The public shows in December are scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 8, 10, 17 and 18, and at 2 p.m. Dec. 19.

Bragg will begin taking reservations on Monday, Nov. 30. To reserve your free spot, call (740) 376-4827 or send an email to planetarium@marietta.edu. They will also be accepting donations at the conclusion of each program and those without reservations will be admitted on a space-available basis.