Season of Light to highlight connection between holiday traditions and evening sky

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

 The John Deere Planetarium (820 38th Street) will present the multimedia show “Season of Light” from Dec. 4 through Dec. 16 7 p.m. on weekdays and 2 p.m. on weekends. Admission is free, but reservations are requested. The program is not recommended to children ages seven and under.

“Season of Light” will tell the story of how our holiday traditions are connected with the sky through the planetarium sky projector, astronomical images, music and narration. The program will discuss the seasons, the winter constellations and the Star of Bethlehem. Narration will be provided by Noah Adams of NPR. Each presentation will end with a question-and-answer session with planetarium director Dr. Lee Carkner and director emeritus Dr. Mel Peterson.

Guests are invited to visit the Getz-Rogers Gallery, which includes full-color images from the Hubble Space Telescope and a quarter-ton piece of the Canyon Diablo meteorite. Additionally, guests are invited to tour Augustana’s Fryxell Geology Museum, located adjacent to the planetarium. The Fryxell Geology Museum will be open weeknights from 7:30-8:30 p.m. and from 1-4 p.m. on the weekends.  

For reservations, please call (309) 794-7327 during weekday business hours. Doors will open 15 minutes before each program. Late arrivals will not be admitted.   

For more information, contact Scott Cason at or (309) 794-7323.