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UW-Eau Claire Announces Fall Semester
Schedule of Public Planetarium Programs

 MAILED:  Sept. 15, 2003

EAU CLAIRE — The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire recently kicked off its Fall 2003 Public Planetarium Programs.

Programs are held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays throughout the semester at the L.E. Phillips Planetarium in Phillips Science Hall.

“Mr. Genius Tours the Solar System” will be presented on the first Tuesday of the month through Dec. 2.

This presentation is a light-hearted introduction to astronomy aimed at elementary school children, although adults will learn quite a bit, too. It includes an overview of the current sky and is 30 to 40 minutes long.

“Night Skies and the Equinox” will be presented through Sept. 30.

This lecture identifies how to find the easy constellations, and why the sky is different the next time you look at it. This session includes a 10-minute slide show on light pollution and is not for children under age 8.

“The Stargazer” is a new planetarium show that will be presented Oct. 14, 21, 28 and Nov. 11, 18 and 25.

This session will explore gravity, light, and spectra and how they help us understand stars. This program is for middle-school age and up and not for children under age 9.

“What’s up in Astronomy” will be presented Dec. 9 and 16.

This is a presentation on current topics, such as the planet Mars and the winter solstice, and includes a 10-minute slide show on light pollution. This program is not for children under age 8.

Spring semester planetarium programs and schedules will be announced at a later date.

An adult should accompany young children to any planetarium program.

Tickets cost $1 and must be purchased in advance at the UW-Eau Claire Service Center, (715) 836-3727. No tickets will be sold at the planetarium door.

For more information about the planetarium or for information about group programs, contact planetarium director Dr. Lauren Likkel, associate professor of physics and astronomy, at (715) 836-5034 or visit the planetarium Web site.

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Updated: September 29, 2003