RUSD Planetarium presents Season of Light

Season of Light
Season of Light

Season of Light will be RUSD's public planetarium program on December 15.

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 — from the burning Yule log, festive Christmas tree lights and sparkling candles in windows, to the lighting of luminarias while setting off fireworks in the American Southwest and the traditional ritual lighting of the Hanukkah Menorah.

The show recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice — not only Christian and Jewish, but also Nordic, Roman, Mexican and other cultures. It also examines some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift giving and kissing under the mistletoe to songs about lords a-leaping and ladies dancing; and the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles.  The long evolution from St. Nicholas and Kris Kringle to Santa Claus is recounted with a warm touch.

Naturally, there is also astronomy in the  Season of Light program. Audiences will find out why we have seasons, as we demonstrate the Sun's path across the sky throughout the year, and the Earth's tilt and orbit around the Sun.  And of course, the program explores the possible astronomical explanations for a "Star over Bethlehem”.

The program begins promptly at 6:30 on Thursday December 15. It will conclude with a look at the December evening sky.  Free star maps will be available.

Seating is limited and reservations must be made by sending an email to: john.surendonk@rusd.org  In your message please include your name, number of people, and a contact number to confirm your reservation. Due to limited seating, reservations cannot be accepted for organizations or groups.

Location: Gifford School is located at 8332 Northwestern Avenue.  Please park in either the East parking lot and enter through DOOR 26 parking lot (adjacent to the small playground) or park in the North lot and enter through DOOR 22 (furthest to the east on the North side of the building).