Season of Light explores the reasons humans are so fascinated with lighting up our lives during the December holiday season. It's an exploration of the astronomical meanings behind seasonal traditions, including the "Star over Bethlehem".
Season of Light is a specialty program with an emphasis on astronomical and cultural themes related to the holiday season. Its educational impact is achieved through a set of multidisciplinary ideas woven throughout the program that help relate different holiday traditions and astronomy to the lives of students, families, and the general public.
Narrated by National Public Radio's Noah Adams.
Produced by Loch Ness Productions.
- Sky objects: Sun, Moon, Venus, Jupiter
- Constellations: Orion, Canis Major, Canis Minor, Gemini, Taurus, Auriga, Leo
- Comets, stars, novae, supernovae, meteors
- Orbital motions of planets, lunar eclipse
- Change of seasons
- Stargazing as a scientific activity
- Cultural connections between astronomy and holiday traditions
- Ancient use of astrology to predict events
- Ancient and modern perceptions of sky events and objects