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The Day of the Sun's Return, Winter Solstice in the Planetarium at TP/SS

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Published: 2018-12-17 00:00:01.000

Friday December 21 at 5 p.m., note the earlier time than usual, the winter solstice, the dreariest day with the shortest daylight and longest night of the year, our ancestors celebrated the beginning of the return of the Sun to the higher heavens. The planetarium show will explore the astronomical events associated with the first day of winter and will demonstrate how the position of the solstice with respect to the fixed stars has changed over the millennium. The patch of the sky in which the modern solstice occurs contains the galactic center and the delightfully beautiful Triffid nebulae. These places and objects are visible to modern stargazers through long exposure photography with large telescopes. The planetarium celebration of the winter solstice will include the presentation of the spectacular region in the sky where the Winter Solstice occurs.

If anyone asks about the Star of Bethlehem I will answer the question. I am a Christian, and a Baptist, and a current Sunday School Teacher of adults; and I have been a deacon in two different Baptist churches including the First Baptist Church of Silver Spring where my wife is web manager.

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