The Earth and Space Science Center at Tyler Junior College is offering a variety of Holiday Dome Shows at the Hudnall Planetarium, November 21-28 and December 19 to January 2.
"Let It Snow" airs 11 a.m. daily during the holiday break schedule and at 7 p.m. Saturday, December 19. The 30-minute show features a new variety of festive music classics visually enhanced with animation, special effects, and all-dome scenery.
"Mystery of the Christmas Star" airs daily at 12:15 p.m. The program invites viewers to journey back more than 2000 years to Bethlehem for scientific explanation of the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus.
"Season of Light" airs daily at 1:30 p.m. This show recounts the historical religious and cultural rituals practiced during the time of winter solstice - Christian, Jewish, Celtic, Nordic, Roman, Irish, Mexican, and Hopi. It also takes a look at some of our more light-hearted seasonal traditions: from gift giving to the custom of decking the halls with greenery and candles.
"Extreme Auroras" airs daily at 2:45 p.m. The program features award-winning photographer Ole Salomonsen as he journeys through northern Norway, Finland, and Sweden in pursuit of his passion to film nature's wildest and most spectacular light show: the aurora borealis, or northern lights.
Filmed with fisheye lenses that capture the whole sky and then projected in the full-dome theater, viewers can imagine being right there in the arctic, witnessing this awe-inspiring natural phenomenon.
"Drifting North: Into the Polar Night" airs daily at 4 p.m. The show invites viewers to imagine stepping out onto an ice floe in the middle of the Arctic Ocean, watching and listening as scientists race the fading light to set up one of the most ambitious international climate collaborations ever, MOSAiC.
The mission froze an icebreaker into the Central Arctic Ocean to better understand the remote region and the role it plays in global climate and weather patterns.
Private screenings for groups of family and friends of one of the planetarium's holiday shows or any other show from its large library are available at $25 for up to 20 guests; advanced reservations are required. Private show times begin at 9:45 a.m., Monday through Friday.
The planetarium will close Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. The planetarium is open 9:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. All tickets are $3 and must be purchased on the planetarium's website at www.sciencecenter.tjc.edu. Call (903) 510-2312 for information.