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Planetarium Shows at UW-Eau Claire
Announced for February and March

RELEASED: Feb. 2, 2009

EAU CLAIRE — The L.E. Phillips Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire will show "Lifestyles of the Stars" at 7 p.m. on Tuesdays throughout February.

This multi-media program forms the first 20 minutes of the weekly one-hour presentation at the planetarium.

Although "Lifestyles of the Stars" was designed for grades 1-6 and for family viewing, Lauren Likkel, planetarium director and professor of physics and astronomy, said the show is so good that it will offered at the Tuesday night shows, which are geared to adults (ages 12 and up).

The show teaches about supernovae, neutron stars and black holes as audience members ride the "Astrobus." The "AstroTours" romp features a brilliant but wacky tour bus driver who takes the audience on a tour of the "homes of the stars." A family of space tourists asks all the right questions about stellar temperatures, composition and stellar evolution.

The February children's planetarium shows will feature "Larry, Cat in Space" at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. This is a playful, imaginative cartoon presentation about an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the moon. It is primarily targeted at grades K-3, but parents and children alike will enjoy the show and learn something about the Moon.

The L.E. Phillips Planetarium is in Phillips Science Hall on the UW-Eau Claire campus. The shows include both a feature presentation and a host who will discuss the current night sky. Shows last about one hour. At every show, constellations will be pointed out and there is a chance to ask questions.

Tickets are $2 at the planetarium door. Free parking is available on campus after 3 p.m. and on weekends. For more show information, go to their Web site. To arrange group shows and field trips, call 715-836-5034.

In March, the Tuesday show will feature "Ancient Horizons," a presentation about ancient Egyptian astronomy. The children's shows in March will feature "Constellations, Myths and Legends." There will be no shows March 14-21, during the university's spring break.

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