Kent planetarium to explore Star of Bethlehem

KENT, Ohio – The nighttime sky as seen from the Holy Land in the year 6 B.C. will be recreated when the Kent State University Planetarium holds its annual Star of Bethlehem show at 8:30 p.m. Dec. 14, 15 and 16.

An astronomical event took place during that year that never before had been recorded. Was this the eastern star mentioned in the story of Jesus’ birth?

The show examines different celestial explanations of what that famous star may have been.

According to Jim Gleeson, associate professor of physics and planetarium director, the Star of Bethlehem has become a holiday tradition; it was the first public show ever held in the planetarium soon after the building was completed and has been presented annually by the Department of Physics and the planetarium for more than 30 years.

The program is free and open to the public; however, it is not recommended for children under 6. Due to limited seating capacity, reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 330-672-2246.

Persons needing special accommodations should call at least one week in advance.

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