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Midland University to present ‘The Star of Bethlehem’ planetarium show

Midland University to present ‘The Star of Bethlehem’ planetarium show

Dec 1st , 2017

Midland University will continue a holiday tradition when it presents a special showing of “The Star of Bethlehem” this December in the Lueninghoener Planetarium.

The presentation is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 17. Seating is limited to 70 and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. There is no admission charge for the show.

Lueninghoener Planetarium is located in the Swanson Hall of Science at 798 N. Irving Ave.

“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,” said Dr. Lance Johnson, Professor of Biology. 

Produced by the Eugenides Foundation of Athens, Greece, “The Star of Bethlehem” show takes viewers back more than 2,000 years ago to the little town of Bethlehem to investigate what was the “star” that guided the Wise Men to the birthplace of Jesus. It presents historical and scientific facts in order to unravel the mystery in a special audiovisual show.

Accompanied by the best-known music of the season, the narration guides the audience through the various historical and astronomical information of the Christmas story, along with facts about our calendar.

“The Star of Bethlehem” presentation will last about 45 minutes and will include a brief history of the Lueninghoener Planetarium. Those attending should note the program depicts flying and may cause dizziness and/or disorientation for some viewers.

Designed by Dr. Gilbert Lueninghoener, the planetarium opened its doors in 1965. Lueninghoener is credited with beginning the tradition of solid science education-based programs at Midland. For many years, Midland University presented its own “Star of Bethlehem” show using the star ball originally designed by Dr. Lueninghoener.

Founded in 1883, Midland University is a private liberal arts college located just 20 minutes from Omaha in Fremont. Midland offers more than 30 majors and academic programs, and four graduate programs, including the area’s first hybrid MBA program. Midland also is the home of the state’s largest athletic department with 31 varsity-level sports and provides more than 250 opportunities for scholarships in the performing arts.