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Ritter Planetarium showing annual holiday program for kids

Come hang out with Santa and Rudolph as they learn how to find their way home using constellations in The University of Toledo Ritter Planetarium’s annual presentation of “Santa’s Secret Star.”

The holiday program is shown on the full dome and targeted toward children 4 to 8 years of age.

Find out how the jolly old elf uses astronomy to plan his annual trek in the UT Fulldome Studio production of “Santa’s Secret Star.”

Find out how the jolly old elf uses astronomy to plan his annual trek in the UT Fulldome Studio production of “Santa’s Secret Star.”

After Santa finishes his Christmas deliveries, he and his reindeer become lost. Without a compass, he and Rudolph turn to the constellations for help, and the stars lead them to the North Star, which guides them home.

The original show was written in 1988 by Ritter Planetarium Associate Director Alexander Mak, and it has been updated for the planetarium’s new projection system.

“It’s one of our more popular shows during the year,” Mak said. “It’s educational, it’s entertaining, and it’s seasonally appropriate.”

Admission to the program is $7 for adults and $5 for children, senior citizens and UT community members. All children younger than 4 are free.

The program will be held Fridays at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 1 p.m. through Dec. 17. Doors will open 30 minutes prior to the show.

After Friday night programs, guests are taken to one of two of the observatories for sky viewing, weather permitting.

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