Augustana College presents holiday planetarium show

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Rock Island, Ill. – Augustana College’s John Deere Planetarium, 820 38th St., will present its annual holiday program from Saturday, December 13 through Friday, December 19. The planetarium show “Season of Light” will be offered weekdays at 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. Admission is free, although reservations are requested by calling (309) 794-7318 during weekday business hours. 

“Season of Light” is a multimedia planetarium show led by Dr. Lee Carkner, planetarium director and associate professor of physics at Augustana. The show uses the planetarium sky projector, astronomical images, music and narration.

“All of this is projected onto a 30-foot dome to tell the story of how our holiday traditions are connected to the sky above,” said Dr. Carkner.

December is the darkest month of the year, and throughout history people all over the world have held festivals, lit candles and tried to bring light to the darkness of the winter sky. “Our show explains the seasons and the winter constellations, and speculates about the Star of Bethlehem,” said Dr. Carkner.

Just outside the planetarium in the Getz-Rogers Gallery, full-color images from the Hubble Space Telescope and a quarter-ton piece of the Canyon Diablo meteor will be displayed with interpretive information. The nearby Fryxell Geology Museum also will be open to the public, on weekdays from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 1-4 p.m.

The planetarium’s doors will open 15 minutes before each show; latecomers will not be admitted. To preserve a quiet atmosphere for multimedia viewing, the show is not recommended for children 7 years and younger.

For information visit the planetarium website at