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L.E. Phillips Planetarium to Present Summer Programs

RELEASED: May 22, 2008

EAU CLAIRE — For those stargazers who wonder what else is out there, the L.E. Phillips Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will present "The Top Ten Celestial Objects" at 7 p.m. May 27. The planetarium is located in Phillips Science Hall on the UW-Eau Claire campus.

This show, produced by UW-Eau Claire physics and astronomy education major Jeremy Weyer, Eau Claire, will feature information on some of the most spectacular objects in the night sky. The presentation will include pictures and details about the objects, information on where they can be found, and tricks for finding them by star-hopping. An overview of the current sky as well as a question-and-answer period also will be included.

The popular show "Mr. Genius Tours the Solar System" will be presented at 11 a.m. May 31. This lighthearted story allows audience members to learn about planets and constellations along with "Mr. Genius," whose intellect falls short of his name. This show is usually reserved for elementary school groups visiting the planetarium, but it is a family favorite. It was written by UW-Eau Claire physics and astronomy professor George Stecher and alumnus Kevin Bartig.

The L.E. Phillips Planetarium will feature shows throughout the summer. During June, the show will be "Lifestyles of the Stars," which will air every Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Tuesday shows are aimed at ages 10 and up. Children's shows aimed at kids aged 5-12 are presented every Saturday at 11 a.m. "Larry, Cat in Space" will show on Saturdays in June.

Tickets are $2 at the planetarium door. Free parking is available in the evenings and on weekends.

More information is available at on the Planetarium Web site. To arrange group shows, call 715-577-2510.

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