Tarleton planetarium’s ‘Mystery of the Christmas Star’ continues through Dec. 21

Thursday, December 8, 2016

STEPHENVILLE, Texas—Journey back 2,000 years to Bethlehem and discover a scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus. Tarleton State University Planetarium’s most popular holiday show The Mystery of the Christmas Star—which opens this week and runs through Dec. 21—investigates possible dates for the birth of Christ and looks at recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during this timeframe.

During The Mystery of the Christmas Star, visitors to the Tarleton planetarium will see how signs in the sky could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem to see the newborn king. This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages.

Admission is free for the 46-minute program, but seating is limited to 86 guests during each show time.

Remaining dates and times for this special holiday presentation are:
Monday, Dec. 12 and 19 – Noon
Tuesday, Dec. 13 and 20 – Noon
Wednesday, Dec. 14 and 21 – Noon, 7 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 8 and 15 – Noon, 7 p.m.
Friday, Dec. 9 and 16 – Noon, 7 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10 and 17 – 5 and 7 p.m.

This holiday timetable replaces Tarleton planetarium’s regular schedule, which resumes Jan. 27, 2017. To schedule school groups, clubs or other gatherings at the planetarium, call 254-968-0523 or email [email protected]. Advance notice is required for private screenings.

For more information about Tarleton’s planetarium, visit www.tarleton.edu/planetarium or follow the venue on Facebook, www.facebook.com/TSUPlanetarium.

Tarleton, a member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven educational experience marked by academic innovation and exemplary service, and dedicated to transforming students into tomorrow’s professional leaders. With campuses in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian and online, Tarleton engages with its communities to provide real-world learning experiences and to address societal needs while maintaining its core values of integrity, leadership, tradition, civility, excellence and service.


Contact: Larry D. Barr, Planetarium Manager
[email protected]

A founding member of The Texas A&M University System, Tarleton is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 15,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, A&M RELLIS at Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity, and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.