Angelo State University’s Global Immersion Center (GIC), formerly the Planetarium, will present a special holiday public astronomy show during December in the Vincent Nursing-Physical Science Building, 2333 Vanderventer St.
On Thursdays, Dec. 5 and Dec. 12, “Season of Light” will run at 7 p.m. and again at 8 p.m.  All the shows are open to the public with admission prices of $3 for adults and $2 for children, active military and senior citizens.  ASU students, faculty and staff are admitted free.

Sponsored by the San Angelo Standard-Times, “Season of Light” examines Celtic, pagan, Nordic, Roman, Egyptian and Hopi solstice rituals along with Jewish and Christian practices, including the possible astronomical explanations for the “Star of Bethlehem.”  The program also explores some of the more light-hearted seasonal traditions, like gift giving, kissing under the mistletoe, decking the halls with greenery and candles, and songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing.  The legends and customs of Santa Claus, St. Nicholas, Sinterklaas, Kris Kringle and Father Christmas are also explained.  The program is narrated by National Public Radio’s Noah Adams.

For more information, call the GIC at 325-942-2136 or go online to  A recording of the show schedule is also available by calling 325-942-2188.

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