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Special Event – Winter Solstice 2011

Winter Solstice

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Show Time: 7:00-8:00 pm

The winter solstice for a given hemisphere signifies the shortest day and longest night of the year. Historically cultures around the world have attributed great significance to this special occurrence, relating it to religious practices and other purposes such as metering their winter reserves of crops between harvests. Some cultures have seen the winter solstice as the rebirth of the sun. For an astronomer, the midwinter night means more time to observe the sky. "Winter Solstice" is a live indoor presentation in which all aspects of the solstice will be explained along with other interesting objects in the winter night sky. A portion of the program will focus on finding important stars and constellations visible at our latitude projected on the planetarium dome.

The facility is wheel-chair accessible; the program is not intended for people under 8 years old.

Tickets ($2) may be purchased at the lobby of the Physics building up to 30 minutes before the performance begins.