News Release

SAC’s Tessmann Planetarium Presents “The Star of Bethlehem”

Popular Holiday Event Runs from December 3-18


For 38 years, Santa Ana College’s (SAC) Tessmann Planetarium has presented, “The Star of Bethlehem,” one of the planetarium’s most popular shows. Using the planetarium’s Goto Chronos star projector and state-of-the-art multimedia equipment, this show recreates the night sky at the date and time of Christ’s birth two thousand years ago. Audiences will search for a celestial object that could have led the wise men to the birthplace of Jesus of Nazareth.


Tessmann Planetarium
Santa Ana College
1530 W. 17th Street, Santa Ana, CA 92706


Monday, December 3: 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, December 4: 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 5: 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, December 6: 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Monday, December 10: 9:30 a.m.
Tuesday, December 11: 11:00 a.m.
Wednesday, December 12: 9:30 a.m.
Thursday, December 13: 11:00 a.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 18: 6:00 p.m. & 7:45 p.m.


“The Star of Bethlehem” is a production by Dr. Steve Eastmond, SAC physical science professor.


The story of the “Christmas star” has fascinated many for centuries.


Attendance is $7 and open to the public. Reserve your seat soon as this show fills up early, call (714) 564-6356. Parking is $2 per vehicle (buses are free). Parking is available in lots 6 through 12, except in rows marked as staff or carpool parking. Parking permits may be purchased from any of the yellow boxes located in lots 6, 7, 9, 11 or 12. The yellow boxes accept both cash and credit cards.

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Contact: Judy Iannaccone

Phone: (714) 480-7503