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Midland University is set to continue a holiday tradition as the annual “The Star of Bethlehem” planetarium show returns to Lueninghoener Planetarium later this month.

The presentation is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, December 17 at Lueninghoener Planetarium located in the Swanson Hall of Science at 798 North Irving Avenue on the university’s campus.

The is no admission charge for “The Star of Bethlehem” show and seating is limited to 70 people and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

“Lueninghoener Planetarium has a long history of presenting a ‘Star of Bethlehem’ show, and we’re excited to continue this popular Christmas tradition on the Midland University campus,” Dr. Lance Johnson, chairman of the biology department at Midland, said.

“The Star of Bethlehem” is produced by the Eugenides Foundation of Athens, Greece and takes viewers back more than 2,000 years ago to the little town of Bethlehem to investigate what the star was that guided the three wise men to the birthplace of Jesus.

According to released information from the Midland Communications Department to show presents historical and scientific facts in order to unravel the mystery in a special audiovisual show.

Those attending should note the program depicts flying and may cause dizziness and/or disorientation for some viewers.

The audiovisual show is accompanied by music of the season, as the narration guides the audience through the various historical and astronomical information of the Christmas story, along with facts astronomical facts about the calendar.

Along with “The Star of Bethlehem” show there will be a brief history of the Leuninghoener Planetarium and the entire presentation will last approximately 45 minutes.

“We’re able to present this full-dome planetarium show thanks to Midland alumnus Jack Dunn and his wife, Elizabeth Klimek, who donated projection equipment and procured this and other shows for our use free of charge,” Johnson said.

Designed by Dr. Gilbert Lueninghoener, the planetarium opened its doors in 1965. For many years, Midland University presented its own “Star of Bethlehem” show using the star ball originally designed by Dr. Lueninghoener.

Those with questions involving the presentation of “The Star of Bethlehem” are encouraged to contact Midland’s Communication Department at 402-941-6247.



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