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L.E. Phillips Planetarium reopens with Tuesday and Saturday shows

RELEASED: Jan. 15, 2010

EAU CLAIRE — The L.E. Phillips Planetarium at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire has reopened for public shows. Shows geared for adults are offered Tuesdays at 7 p.m., and children’s shows are presented at 11 a.m. Saturdays. The planetarium is located in Phillips Science Hall on lower campus, near the front doors of the building.

starsEvening shows in January will feature "Stardate: Ancient Horizons," a multimedia presentation of how the sky was understood in Egypt thousands of years ago. The host will point out constellations and orient the audience to the current night sky. The show lasts an hour, with time for audience questions.

This month's children's show is "Cricket and Friends see a Comet" which is aimed at children ages 4-10. The audience will learn what comets are, what they look like and where they come from. It was written by UW-Eau Claire student Kelly Slowinski, Appleton, with solar system expert Dr. Paul Thomas, professor of physics and astronomy.

In February, both the Tuesday and Saturday shows will include the short program "Lifestyles of the Stars," written for children ages 9-15, but appropriate for all ages.

Saturday shows are for children ages 4 and older and their families. According to planetarium director Dr. Lauren Likkel, professor of physics and astronomy, school field trips to the planetarium are not available this year due to budget cuts "that have left UW-Eau Claire with too few professors to operate the planetarium at full capacity."

The admission fee for planetarium shows is $2 per person for all ages. No advance tickets are sold. Free parking is available behind Phillips Hall and on all university lots during evenings and Saturdays. For more information, visit the Planetarium Web site or call 715-836-3148.

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