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UW-Eau Claire Announces Schedule
For Spring Planetarium Shows

 MAILED:  Nov. 23, 2004

EAU CLAIRE — The spring 2005 public planetarium shows at the L.E. Phillips Planetarium in Phillips Science Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire have been scheduled.

"Astronomy for Kids," a 30-45 minute show designed for children ages 4 and older, is being offered at 11 a.m. the first three Saturdays of February through April and on May 7 and 14.

All other programs are held at 7 p.m. Tuesdays throughout the semester and last about one hour. Each will end with a presentation by a live host who will talk about the current night sky and answer questions.

"Ringworld: Cassini Investigates Saturn" will be presented Jan. 25. Learn about Saturn and hear the very recent results from the space probe landing on Saturn's cloud-covered moon Titan. This program was developed with adults and children 11 and older in mind.

"Ancient Horizons," a new show, is to be presented Feb. 15 and 22, and April 19 and 26. Participants will learn about Egyptian astronomy, with information on mythology, constellations and the creation of the calendar. It is designed for adults and children 12 and older.

"Stars and Constellations for Beginners," a show for adults (and children 10 and older) who know only one or two constellations, will be presented March 15 and 29.

"Mr. Genius Tours the Solar System," a perennial favorite, will be presented on the first Tuesday of each month, February through April. This presentation is a light-hearted introduction to astronomy aimed primarily at elementary school children, ages 6 and older.

"Adventures Along the Spectrum" will be presented Feb. 8, March 8 and April 12. In this program, Mr. Genius learns about light from his cousin, Professor Photon. What is light? Let bumbling Professor Photon unravel this mystery for you as he explores the properties of the electromagnetic spectrum in this light-hearted multi-media show for children, ages 10 and older.

"The Stargazer" will be presented May 3 and 10. The show is packed with images and information about stars and explains the ways that astronomy can have an impact on our lives. It offers wonderful astronomical insights and boasts celebrity narrator Nichelle Nichols, who starred in the original Star Trek TV series and movies as "Uhura." It is aimed at adults, but science-savvy kids as young as 8 years old will enjoy it.

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. An adult should accompany young children to any planetarium program.

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: January 19, 2005