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Holiday programs arrive at science museums across metro Atlanta
Holiday programs arrive at science museums across metro Atlanta

ATLANTA, Ga. -- The holiday spirit is blazing into the science centers across metro Atlanta providing an educational look at the winter night sky and how we live and work in space.

Several museums are hosting science and astronomy shows with a holiday twist, including exhibits related to living in space with unique views of our planet.

The Gwinnett Environmental and Heritage Center will host a Christmas science day this Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., including a unique program Science with Santa.

The center, located at 2020 Clean Water Drive in Buford, will have children make holiday crafts, play games related to recycling, and includes the judging of the popular gingerbread house building competition.

Families can also visit the exhibit Living in Space, which will allow one to go aboard a mock up of the International Space Station.

Living in Space will give you a real-feel of life aboard the orbiting complex 250 miles above earth, as you learn to plan your day and your meals. Children will enjoy several sections of the exhibit including an area known as Playing in Space.

"The space station exhibit will give children and adults an understanding of a day in the life of an astronaut," states Jason West, the Director of Development at the Environmental and Heritage Center. "The mock-up is very interactive and hands on, and children can don space gloves and operate a robotic arm."

The short term exhibit is included in the center's admission of $7.50 for adults and $3.50 for children ages 3 to 12.

Fernbank Science Center is hosting a winter planetarium show inside their huge 70-foot diameter dome.

Insight on the stars and constellations above us in the winter sky and the story behind the Star of Bethlehem - the North Star - are discussed on select days.

Fernbank Museum, located at 156 Heaton Park Drive Northeast in Decatur, features the holiday show on Thursday and Friday at 8:00 p.m., and on Friday and Saturday at 3:00 p.m., now thru December 17.

Admission rates for the shows are $4.00 for adults and $3.00 for students.

At the Tellus Science Museum, the newly opened Smithsonian Institution exhibit Earth from Space displays eighteen high color, high-resolution satellite images of our planet.

"NASA has been photographing the earth from space for both military and science reasons," Julian Gray, Curator at Tellus points out. "These images are a different way of looking at the earth in a very exotic and eye opening way."

The images featured were taken by several NASA satellites between 1976 and 2003, and feature rivers, deltas and select regions in great detail.

"The large 40 x 60-inch images are artistically pretty cool," Gray added.

Tellus is also showing Mystery of the Christmas Star looking back over 2000 years at the night sky over Bethlehem and the North Star, which led the three wise men across the desert to the newborn king.

The show runs at 12:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Monday thru Sunday, with an extra show at 1:45 p.m. mixed in on Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $3.00 in addition to the museum admission.

Located off I-75 in Cartersville, Tellus will also showcase the December evening sky at their planetarium dome, weather permitting.

(Charles Atkeison covers science & technology which impacts Georgia. Follow his updates via Twitter @AbsolutSpaceGuy.)


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