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Follow the ‘Mystery of the Christmas Star’

Trace the footsteps of ancient Babylonian astronomers at ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center when the popular holiday planetarium show “Mystery of the Christmas Star” returns for a limited run playing at 7 p.m. Fridays, Dec. 7, 21 and 28.

Since first shown at the center in December 2006, this show has become a tradition during the holiday season at ‘Imiloa, for returning members and visitors, as well as first-time patrons.

The planetarium show poses interesting questions and observations about cosmic events that may have prompted the vision of the bright star in the skies long ago. Mystery of the Christmas Star takes audiences on a journey back 2,000 years to Bethlehem to discover a possible scientific explanation for the star the wise men followed to find the baby Jesus.

This program investigates recorded sightings of significant astronomical events during the time of the birth of Christ. Investigators will see which of these signs in the sky could have been remarkable enough to cause the wise men to travel across the desert from Babylon just to see a newborn king.

This modern retelling of the Christmas story is sure to charm and captivate audiences of all ages.

“They go back in time mapping out these sequential recorded events from the Babylonian astrological traditions and theorize the possible true nature of the ‘Christmas Star’,” noted Shawn Laatsch, ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center’s planetarium manager. Tickets are $10/$8, available at the front desk or by phone at 969-9703, and prior to the show.

‘Imiloa Astronomy Center is at 600 ‘Imiloa Place in Hilo, off Komohana and Nowelo streets at the University of Hawaii at Hilo Science and Technology Park. For more information, visit


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