December 7 is AstroFriday at SJC Planetarium
The San Juan College Planetarium will host its monthly AstroFriday on Friday, December 7. This months presentation will be The Star of Bethlehem: A Mystery Revealed. This video explores possible astronomical explanations for the phenomenon known as The Christmas Star, and presets reconstructions of the night sky around the time of the birth of Christ. The video will be shown at 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. After the video, there will be a short sky show depicting the night sky as it appeared 2000 years ago. If weather permits, a public stargaze with telescopes at 8:30 p.m. will take place in the courtyard behind the Planetarium after the last show. Winter sky maps also will be handed out while supplies last.
The stargaze will allow attendees to view Jupiter, Uranus and the colorful binary Gamma Andromedae. If weather conditions are favorable, deep-sky objects such as the Double Cluster in Perseus, the Andromeda Galaxy, the Pleiades star cluster and the Orion Nebula.
AstroFriday is free to attend; however, the Planetarium can seat only 60 so seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no capacity limit for the stargaze and the event is also free. In order to preserve dark adaptation, there is no late admittance into the Planetarium once the show has started.
For more information on AstroFriday, call the Planetarium Office at 505-566-3361 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information is also available at http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/Planetarium/.