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‘Bethlehem’ star show Wednesday

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As Bob Kasting sees it, Christmas is a great time to look up — and to study the heavens.

Kasting, retired chairman of the science department at Columbus East High School and the volunteer operator of the school’s 60-seat planetarium, is presenting an astronomy-and-history show, “The Star of Bethlehem,” at 7 and 8 p.m. Wednesday in the planetarium at the Columbus East High School, 230 S. Marr Road.

The presentation, which is not affiliated with the school, runs through Saturday and then Wednesday through Saturday each of the next two weeks. It highlights a mix of Scripture and science, according to Kasting.

The Eugenides Foundation, based in Athens, Greece, and promoting scientific and technical education, organized the 25-minute presentation this year. It highlights possible explanations for a bright light over Bethlehem some 2,000 years ago at the time of the birth of Jesus of Nazareth in Scripture.

“It’s a top-of-the-line show that gives the best history (of the star) and the best science — with integrity,” Kasting said. “And it leaves things open for viewers to interpret.”

The show is accompanied by a variety of better-known carols, according to Kasting.

Narrators in the work refer to the star in Scripture as “a 2,000-year-old enigma.”

Kasting also hopes to present other shows at the planetarium, which he calls “a gem of the community.”

If you go

WHAT: “Star of Bethlehem” planetarium show.

WHEN: 7 and 8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, 7 and 8 p.m. Dec. 26-29 and 7 and 8 p.m. Jan. 2-5.

WHERE: Planetarium at Columbus East High School, 230 S. Marr Road.

ADMISSION: $5 at the door to go the planetarium maintenance and programming fund.

INFORMATION: 344-2875.

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