Throwback Thursday – The historic Hardin Planetarium’s holiday showcase

A great Christmas-time distraction from the tragic tornadoes that struck our region is the holiday showcase at the Hardin Planetarium.

Every year the planetarium hosts some sort of winter or holiday themed free public show, and this year’s is “Celebrations for a Long Winter’s Night.” 

Built in 1967, the Hardin Planetarium is an iconic architectural structure that showcases the midcentury style on campus. With over 50 years of history and storytelling in its past, the planetarium has evolved from just a classroom educational tool into an event venue that hosts parties, seminars, and special groups.

The planetarium’s Star Chamber is the highlight of any event, and it can showcase anything from the stars and solar system in years past to video broadcasts. The external ring surrounding the Star Chamber is perfect for event tables, parties, and of course educational exhibits. The planetarium is affiliated with the Museum Alliance of NASA, Kentucky Department of Travel, Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium, and the International Planetarium Society.

Shows are offered to the public every week, with no ticketing required. All ages are welcome, and audience participation is encouraged. Catch a planetarium show every Tuesday and Thursday at 7:00 p.m., or every Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

The “Celebrations for a Long Winter’s Night” show tells audiences more about the upcoming winter solstice, and the astronomical histories of the season. Many of our holiday customs are based on these star patterns, and the audience will find intriguing details in the night sky as its shown in the Star Chamber. The winter’s night show runs now thru January 13.

Visit the Hardin Planetarium’s website for a full calendar of events.