Dr. Jose Mena-Werth
“The Christmas Star,” a planetarium show of the skies at the time of Jesus’ birth, will be presented at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Dec. 12 and 13 in the planetarium, which is located downstairs in Bruner Hall of Science at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.
According to Dr. Jose Mena-Werth, associate professor of physics and physical science, the 40-minute show, which is free and open to the public, is appropriate for all ages.
“A planetarium is a space and time machine,” Dr. Mena-Werth said. “We will use the planetarium to turn the clock back 2000 years. Then we will move from Kearney to Bethlehem.
“Using clues in the gospels, we will explore those ancient skies for the best candidates for the Christmas Star,” he said. “The search for the Christmas Star is an astronomical detective story.”
Although there is no charge, non-perishable food items will be collected for the Kearney Jubilee Center.