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SEASON OF LIGHT (December only) – Planetarium

45 minutes – $5.25/student

Suitable for Grades: 4-12

This presentation traces the history and development of many of the world’s most endearing holiday customs, all of which involve lighting up the winter season. The show recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice, and ends with possible astronomical explanations of the famous Star of Bethlehem.



Grade 4-10 – Social Studies Skills

 Orient themselves by observing the landscape, using traditional knowledge, or using a compass or other tools and technologies.

  • Listen actively to others to understand their perspectives.
  • Use language that is respectful of human diversity.
  • Compare differing accounts of historical events.
  • Compare diverse perspectives in a variety of information sources.
  • Recognize that interpretations of history are subject to change as new information is uncovered or acknowledged.
  • Interpret information and ideas in a variety of media.
  • Compare differing viewpoints regarding global issues.
  • Interpret information and ideas in a variety of media.
  • Observe patterns and generalize based on geographic inquiry.

 Grade 9 – Science

Cluster 4: Exploring the Universe

  • S1-4-03 Investigate how various cultures used knowledge of the position and motion of visible celestial objects for navigation.
  • S1-4-04 Compare and contrast historical perspectives on the relationship between Earth and space.
  • S1-4-05 Explain the apparent motion of the Sun, stars, planets, and the Moon as seen from Earth.
  • S1-4-07 Compare and contrast scientific and cultural perspectives on the origin and evolution of the universe.
  • S1-4-08 Differentiate between the major components of the universe.