December

Explore the mysteries of the Star of Bethlehem at the DSU Discovery Dome Dec. 14

Shanna Shervheim, interim associate director of communications, (701) 483-2595

Travel back in time to learn about the mysteries of the Star of Bethlehem in the Discovery Dome on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 1-4 p.m. at the Dickinson State University (DSU) Student Center. This planetarium show is part of the DSU Family Science Days series and is free of charge and open to the public. Shows last about 25 minutes and run throughout the afternoon; no registration is required. Those attending also will have the opportunity to make a holiday ornament and participate in hands-on science activities.

The “Star of Bethlehem” show was produced by the Houston Museum of Natural Science and explores questions such as, “What brought the Magi from the East to a little town in Palestine? Who were the wise men? Where did they come from? Did they really follow a star? Was Jesus born on Dec. 25?”

During the show, audiences search for a celestial object that could have led the wise men to the Christ child. New research suggests the possibility of a triple conjunction comprised of a planet, a meteor and comet that may have been the sign in the East of the new Messiah.

The Discovery Dome is a portable full-dome theater that offers a state-of-the-art visual learning experience. It was developed by the Houston Museum of Natural Science and Rice University. This event is sponsored by DSU, a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) grant and a Math-Science Partnership (MSP) grant.  

For more information, contact DSU Associate Professor of Physics Dr. Corinne Brevik at (701) 483-2575.