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UW-Eau Claire Student Writes New
Planetarium Program for Children

RELEASED: April 7, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — A new program for young children will be offered at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire L.E. Phillips Planetarium on select Saturdays in April and May.

"Cricket and Friends See a Comet" features woodland creatures adept at using Wi-Fi to learn more about objects in the night sky. The show was written by UW-Eau Claire senior Kelly Slowinski, Appleton, as part of her Blugold Scholar project, which was supervised by Dr. Paul Thomas of the department of physics and astronomy. Computer-generated images of Cricket and friends (Bear, Owl, Squirrel and Fox) were created by graphic artist Ben Schram, a recent UW-Eau Claire graduate. The 12-minute multimedia show will be part of the one-hour children's planetarium show at 11 a.m. April 11 and 18. It will also be shown as part of Astronomy Day on May 2.

The show will include a presentation on the planets and will teach some prominent constellations. The target age group for the show is 4-9 years old, but it is suitable for all elementary schoolchildren. Visit the planetarium Web site or call 715-836-5034 for more information.

Children's planetarium shows on the remaining Saturday mornings in May will feature "Mr. Genius Tours the Solar System," another planetarium program created and produced at UW-Eau Claire. Planetarium shows for adults and youth ages 12 and up are on Tuesdays at 7 p.m.

The L.E. Phillips Planetarium is in Phillips Science Hall on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Admission is $2 per person at the door. Free parking is available on campus after 3 p.m. weekdays and all day on weekends.

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