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Whittenberger Planetarium adds second public show about winter solstice

November 26, 2018
Crowds enjoy the view at the Whittenberger Planetarium.

Due to popular demand, The College of Idaho’s Whittenberger Planetarium will add a second public show at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, “The Winter Solstice,” which will be about the upcoming event representing the shortest day of the year.

Planetarium Director Amy Truksa will lead planetarium visitors in an educational examination of the solstice, which heralds the official start of the winter season and is scheduled to occur on Dec. 21.

“What brings about the short days and long shadows of winter?” Truksa said. “The Winter Solstice explores the solstices, equinoxes, and the celestial circumstances that bring them about. We will also take a look at some of the constellations and planets visible in the Idaho night sky this month.”

The show will begin at 7 p.m. in the Whittenberger Planetarium on the C of I’s campus. Advanced ticket purchase is strongly encouraged due to limited seating. Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children. Tickets are available online at

The planetarium is located in Boone Science Building near Jewett Auditorium on the corner of 20th Ave. and Fillmore St. in Caldwell.

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