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‘Star of Wonder’ Planetarium Show at SMSU 

Marshall, Minn. — A series of Planetarium Christmas and laser light shows entitled “Star of Wonder” will be held at Southwest Minnesota State University in December.

The dates for the shows are December 18 from 7-8 p.m., December 19 from 2-3 p.m., and December 24 from 2-3 p.m. The SMSU Planetarium is located in the Science and Math building, room 108.

There is conversation on whether this phenomenon was either a star, planet, or supernova of some sort. Is there a scientific reasoning for why this happened? The “Star of Wonder” encapsulates both entertainment and educational factors, using scientific data, religious history, beautiful imagery, and traditional music. This production showcases all the various theories that led the shepherds and wisemen to the birthplace of Christ.

Astronomers have used scientific calculations to determine the time of Christ’s birth. The show gives some insight as to how they determined this, along with how planets move and how the calendar changes throughout the ages.

Tickets for this show are $5 at the door. To ensure a good seat, please arrive early. For more information, please contact ken.murphy@smsu.edu.

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