Revisiting Bethlehem and the Christmas Star
‘Imiloa presents: The Skies Above Bethlehem & Mystery of the Christmas Star
Friday, December 12, 2014 at 7:00pm
We all know the Christian tale of the three wise men that followed the star of Bethlehem to the manger of the baby Jesus bearing gifts for the son of God. Although they followed the Christmas star, their skies would have been like today, filled with stars and other celestial objects.
Join the ‘Imiloa planetarium staff on a journey to the far side of the world as we turn back the clock two thousand years to look at the sky over Bethlehem. Once beneath the biblical sky, we will explore the heavens that were visible to the residents of Bethlehem the night Jesus was born. Skies Above Bethlehem is a seasonal remix of our classic Skies Above Hawai’i night sky program. Of course, this begs the question: how do we know what date to turn our clocks back to?
After the live presentation enjoy the planetarium show Mystery of the Christmas Star and discover a possible scientific explanation and time frame for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. This program investigates recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during the time of the birth of Christ. Investigators will see which of these signs in the sky could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylon just to see a newborn King.
Don’t miss this special holiday presentation, one night only, December 12th, 2014 at 7:00pm.
The program will be hosted by Cam Wipper, ‘Imiloa planetarium staff. Cost is $8 for Individual, Dual, Kupuna and Family Members; $6 for Patron Members; Free for Silver, Gold and Corporate Members. Non-member rate is $10. Pre-purchase tickets at the ‘Imiloa front desk or by phone at 969-9703.
‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is a world-class informal science education center located on the University of Hawai‘i at Hilo campus. ‘Imiloa is a place of life-long learning where the power of Hawai‘i’s cultural traditions, its legacy of exploration and the wonders of astronomy come together to provide inspiration and hope for generations. The Center’s interactive exhibits, 3D full dome planetarium, native landscape, and programs and events engage children, families, visitors and the local community in the wonders of science and technology found in Hawai‘i. It is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). For more information, visit the website at www.imiloahawaii.org. ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center of Hawai‘i is located at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo Streets at the UH-Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, go to www.imiloahawaii.org.