Dr. Jose Mena-Werth
The Christmas Star, an annual planetarium show presented by the University of Nebraska at Kearney Department of Physics and Physical Science, will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, in the UNK planetarium, located in the basement of Bruner Hall of Science.
Dr. Jose Mena-Werth, professor of physics and physical science, will take the audience through the clues presented in the Gospel of Matthew regarding the origin and type of star that marked the birth of Christ.
“What we basically do is we use religion to guide us through a scientific search,” Dr. Mena-Werth said. “The word ‘star’ is mentioned exactly four times in the gospel, and we get our clues from those references.”
This show is free and open to the public. However, there is a suggested free-will donation of nonperishable food, which will go to the Mid-Nebraska Food Bank.
“The presentation is appropriate for all ages,” Dr. Mena-Werth said.