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Summer astronomy activities announced

RELEASED: July 13, 2010

image of starsEAU CLAIRE — Stargazers and astronomy buffs can experience the stars rain or shine this summer at the L.E. Phillips Planetarium on the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire campus or at Hobbs Observatory at Beaver Creek Reserve.

Children's shows, aimed at children 4-12, are held at 11 a.m. Saturdays at the university's planetarium. Tuesday night shows, for adults and children 10 and older, are held at 7 p.m. Tickets are $2 and are only available at the door. In addition to a multimedia presentation, current constellations and planets are discussed. The shows last about an hour.

The current planetarium show on Tuesday evenings is "Stargazer," which teaches about how stars differ from one another. The show is a true story about a boy who wanted to grow up to be an astronomer and is best for adults and children 12 and older.

The Saturday morning children's show in July, "Stories of the Stars," features mythology about the night sky. It is aimed at a younger audience but will interest all ages.

The L.E. Phillips Planetarium is located in Phillips Science Hall on the UW-Eau Claire campus. Free parking is available during weekends and evenings. For more information, visit the planetarium's website or call 715-836-3148.

Opportunities to look through telescopes and see real stars are available at Hobbs Observatory at Beaver Creek Reserve near Fall Creek. The observatory is open to the public in the summer every Saturday night after dark if skies are clear. In July, observing starts around 9:30 p.m. Free presentations hosted by the Chippewa Valley Astronomical Society are held in the observatory classroom at 8 p.m. on the third Saturday of the month. On July 17, Emmet Kyle will present "Homemade Astrophotography" and explain how to do astrophotography without a telescope.

For more information about Hobbs Observatory, visit the CVAS website or call 715-877-2212.

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