MAILED: Sept. 26, 2000
The University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's L.E. Phillips Planetarium will present a variety of programs during the fall semester at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays.
"Stargazing the Fall Sky" looks at constellations and interesting objects in the fall sky and includes an introduction to stargazing. It will be presented Sept. 28 and Oct. 5.
"A View from Eau Claire: The Night Sky as Seen by Area Astronomers" will be led by Chippewa Valley astronomers Oct. 12 and 19.
"Mr. Genius Tours the Solar System" is a light-hearted introduction to astronomy aimed at elementary school children, although adults will learn quite a bit, too. It will be presented Oct. 26 and Nov. 16.
"Deadly Neighbors" looks at the threat to civilization posed by the impacts of comets and asteroids and will be presented Nov. 2 and 9.
"Stargazing the Winter Sky" will be presented Nov. 30 and Dec. 7.
All shows include an overview of the current sky and are 45 to 60 minutes long.
Tickets cost $1 and must be purchased in advance at the University 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. George Stecher at (715) 836-5731 or visit the planetarium Web site at www.uwec.edu/Physics/planetarium/.
Janice B. Wisner
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: Sept. 26, 2000