Page 1, 2nd January 1959

2nd January 1959
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Page 1, 2nd January 1959 — BETHLEHEM STARS ARE SHINING

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—At the Planetarium ALL the four thousand stars

visible on the night of the Nativity are now "visible" in the London Planetarium in a special feature "Star of Bethlehem" being shown from now until January 17. Six times daily (four times on Sundays) large crowds are visiting the hour-long programme in which the stars and the triple conjunction of the two planets, Saturn and Jupiter, which met in April. September and December in the year of Our Lord's birth, are shown.

"The Conjunction had special astronomical significance," said Dr. Henry King, Chief Astronomer, at the opening on Monday. "Jupiter is a Royal star. Saturn was the protector of Syria and Palestine and they both met in the Constellation of the Fish (one of the signs of the Zodiac). It had great significance for Israel...

The Planetarium is not only telling the Christian story through the stars but is using Christmas music and appropriate carols to link the presentation and the tableau made by Mr. Bernard Tussaud, greatgreat grandson of the original Madame Tussaud.

The Baker Street Planetarium, made by Zeiss at Oberkochen in W. Germany, cost £70,000 for the optical instrument.

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