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Date:
December 11, 2019
Time:
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location:
Georgetown Charter Township Public Library Meeting Room AB
Address:
1525 Baldwin Street
Jenison, MI 49428
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Finding the New Year in the Stars

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

This activity is funded in part by the MICHIGAN COUNCIL FOR ARTS AND CULTURAL AFFAIRS and the MICHIGAN HUMANITIES COUNCIL. Every year in December the star cluster of the Pleiades mounts to its highest place in the sky, inaugurating the rhythm of days that lead to the new year, as calculated by indigenous people of the Great Lakes region. At the same time, the Geminid Meteor Shower reaches its peak, followed by the falling stars of the great bears, the Ursids, at Winter Solstice. While all of this happens overhead every December, this year the star scene will include the beautiful apparition of Venus, Saturn, and the Moon in the evening sky. Join Star Lore Historian Mary Stewart Adams at Georgetown Township Library for all the best star stories of the season, for how they informed the ceremonies of Solstice in former cultures, and for lively, interactive guidance around the night sky. Mary Stewart Adams led the team that established...