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The winter solstice will occur at 12:11 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 21, the exact moment that Earth's northern hemisphere is tilted the furthest away from the sun -- which unofficially marks the start of winter.

The MOST will be celebrating with a day of winter-themed science activities:

Learn what is colder than ice with demonstrations of dry ice and liquid nitrogen at noon and 2:30 p.m. Free with exhibit admission.

The Silverman Planetarium will offer two shows, Santa in the Sky at 11:15 a.m. and Winter Skies at 3:15 p.m. Planetarium shows cost $2 per person for nonmembers and is free for members, but members must pick up a ticket at the admissions desk.

Educators will be offering tabletop activities on levitating Mylar shapes and nano invisibility at stations throughout the museum. Free with exhibit admission.

Perform an experiment to learn more about climate change in a 45-minute hands-on workshop at 1:45 p.m. Class size is limited; participants must sign up by calling 425-9068 x2132, and pay a $1 fee to cover the cost of materials.

After attending the workshop, witness the result of climate change by viewing "To The Arctic" in the Bristol IMAX Omnitheater. IMAX movie tickets cost extra.

For nonmembers, admission to exhibits costs $8 for adults and $7 for children 2-11 and seniors 65 and older, and IMAX tickets are $9.50 per adult and $7.50 for children and seniors. Combination tickets, which cover admission to exhibits and an IMAX movie, cost $12 for adults and $10 for children and seniors. For members, exhibit admission is free and IMAX movies cost $6.50 for adults and $5.50 for children 2-17 and seniors 65 and older.

Museum staff will be dressed for the occasion, so wear your favorite holiday sweater or accessory to get into the spirit of the season.

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