This holiday season the MSUM Planetarium is showing “Season of Light,” a special program that explores the history of holiday traditions.

The presentation runs Dec. 5-23. Showings will be held at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Saturdays, and Mondays, and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Learn about holiday customs including the burning of the Yule log, candles in windows, kissing under the mistletoe, gift giving and the lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah. The show narrates to not only Christian and Jewish traditions but also Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican and Hopi.

The audience will learn a variety of astronomy related details including, winter constellations, why we have seasons and the possible astronomical explanations for the “Star of Bethlehem.”

The MSUM Planetarium is located at 11th St. and 8th Ave S. on the MSUM campus in Bridges Hall room 167.

General admission is $5 and $2.50 for children, seniors, and Tri-College students.

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