The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

December 1, 2012

NOC planetarium to show Christmas program Thursday

By Bob Killam
Enid News & Eagle

— Phases of the moon for December are:

• Dec. 6: Last quarter.

• Dec. 13: New moon.

• Dec. 20: First quarter.

• Dec. 28: Full moon (Moon Before Yule, Long Night Moon).

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The Northern Oklahoma College Mackie Planetarium will be open at 6:30 p.m. the first Thursday of each month for the public.

Admission is free, but a donation of a canned good or non-perishable food item for Horn of Plenty would be appreciated.

The program for December is “The Star of Bethlehem.” There will be two shows Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.

Come and learn about the star the wise men followed to the birthplace of Jesus.

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The peek of the Geminids meteor shower will be the morning of Dec. 13. This looks to be a favorable year for this major shower due to the new moon.

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Winter solstice falls on Dec. 21. The day is shortest and the night longest.

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Every Wednesday and Thursday, weather permitting, the NOC observatory will be open to the public. Sessions start at 6:30 p.m. Large groups planning to visit the observatory or planetarium should call 548-2399 to schedule an appointment.



Killam is resident astronomer and astronomical league coordinator for Leonardo’s Star Quest Astronomy Club and director of NOC observatory.