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USF “Star Of Bethlehem 2015” Concludes This Weekend

The University of Saint Francis presents the final presentations of “Star of Bethlehem 2015” at the Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium Friday, December 18-Sunday, December 20.

Star of Bethlehem 2015 Weekend Two Schedule:

Friday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 19 at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 20 at 5 p.m.

The public is invited to join the planetarium staff for a 90-minute program exploring the path of the Wise Men as they follow the star under the Mideastern sky of 3 B.C. Using the latest astronomical, historical and Biblical research, explanations of what the Christmas star might have been will be presented. During the live portion of the show, planetarium staff will reveal to visitors the wonders of the winter night sky in Fort Wayne.

Before the show, ticket holders can enjoy a pre-show featuring October’s pre-dawn Venus-Jupiter conjunction that was strikingly similar to what the Wise Men might have seen in the fall of 2 B.C. as they traveled from Jerusalem to Bethlehem. The pre-show will also include the latest images of Pluto from the New Horizons Spacecraft.

Guests should arrive 15 minutes early to purchase tickets, and seating will be available in an adjacent auditorium before the show begins. No one will be admitted after the program starts. While the program is for visitors of all ages, young children must be able to sit quietly in the dark.

Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for senior citizens and children under age 18. The maximum charge is $14 per family (family consisting of two adults and their dependent children). Fort Wayne Astronomical Society members and USF students, faculty and staff with ID will be admitted for $1.

The USF Schouweiler Planetarium is located in the Achatz Hall of Science on the University of Saint Francis campus off Leesburg Road. More information may be found on the USF Schouweiler Planetarium website at or by calling 260-399-7700, ext. 8404.

The University of Saint Francis is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2015. Founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, USF offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, the university designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. The university will open a Downtown Fort Wayne Campus in the fall of 2016 that will feature business, entrepreneurship and music technology programs. Approximately 2,300 students from a broad geographic region currently attend USF for its academic excellence.