For centuries, astronomers have debated over what exactly the Christmas Star or Star of Bethlehem, as described in the Bible, actually was – if it existed at all. Was it a nova? A supernova? Or perhaps a planetary conjunction?
The Mystery of the Christmas Star, opening at the New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium on Monday, November 20, delves into this 2000-year-old puzzle. While seeking to discover a scientific explanation for the Star the wise men followed, the film also explores the historical significance of the story.
Featuring spectacular imagery, The Mystery of the Christmas Star investigates possible dates for the birth of Christ and looks at recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during those times. Which signs in the sky could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylon to Bethlehem?
This modern retelling of the Christmas story will charm and captivate audiences of all ages.
The Mystery of the Christmas Star will show at 3:30 pm daily, November 20 through January 1, at the New Horizons Dome Theater and Planetarium on the campus of the New Mexico Museum of Space History. Other films currently showing are Back to the Moon for Good, National Parks Adventure and Aircraft Carrier.
In addition, live planetarium star shows are scheduled daily. For current showtimes visit the museum website or call the number below.
The New Mexico Museum of Space History, a Smithsonian Affiliate, is a division of the NM Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, call 575-437-2840 or toll free 1-877-333-6589, visit the website and like their Facebook page.