USF hosting 2012 Planetarium Fall Weekend

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News release from the University of Saint Francis:

USF hosting 2012 Planetarium Fall Weekend

The Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium at the University of Saint Francis will offer three different planetarium shows Friday and Saturday, Oct. 12 and 13, during its 2012 Planetarium Fall Weekend.

On Friday at 7:30 p.m. fifth-graders through adults are invited to view the show “Aurora.” During the show, visitors will learn the secrets of the northern and southern lights through a historical mystery voyage of scientific discovery, while experiencing the Aurora Borealis and learning about the forces of nature that create it.

On Saturday at 3 p.m. the family matinee, “A Solar System Adventure Tour,” for children in grades 2-4 and their adult friends, will provide an interactive tour of the solar system in which audience members help to operate the “space ship.”

On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., “The Explorers of Polynesia” will allow fifth-graders through adults to “sail the South Pacific” in a 60-foot voyaging canoe, navigating by the stars. Later, they will orbit the Earth with the International Space Station and end up “out of this world.”

All Schouweiler Planetarium experiences include the formal show listed, a staff-led tour of the night sky and a free take-home star chart. Visitors should arrive 15 minutes before show time to purchase tickets at the door, and allow 90 minutes from start time for the complete presentation.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children under 18 and $3 for senior citizens. The maximum charge is $14 per family (two adults and dependent children).

The planetarium is located on the USF campus off Leesburg Road. Visit the planetarium website at or phone Jean at (260) 399-7700, ext. 8211 for more information.

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