University of Arizona Science: Flandrau lights up the holidays with new planetarium and laser music shows designed to get young and old alike into the spirit of the season.
“Holiday of Lights” features a planetarium show that uses video and animations to explain the history and development of the tradition of lights from many cultures, from Christmas tree lights and the Hanukkah menorah to our local Mexican tradition of lighting luminarias. Narrated by National Public Radio’s Noah Adams, the show also traces ancient traditions and beliefs related to the winter solstice in conjunction with the science that explains the changing of the seasons. During the live portion of the show, an astronomy expert from Flandrau teams up with Hector Vector – Flandrau’s ageless Minolta star projector – to take guests on a tour of holiday constellations and the winter night sky.
In the “Laser Holiday” music show, guests of all ages can enjoy a festival of laser lights and images projected on the planetarium dome, set to the tunes of everybody’s holiday favorites. This new laser show features 15 songs, ranging from children’s favorites like “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to contemporary tunes like Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You” to classics like Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas."
Monday through Thursday: Planetarium show at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; laser show at 1 p.m.