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New show debuting at USF Fall Planetarium Weekend

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The product of a year’s work by the Schouweiler Planetarium staff at the University of Saint Francis will debut during the university’s Fall Planetarium Weekend Nov. 1-3.

“Larry Cat in Space” is a playful, imaginative cartoon about an inquisitive cat who takes a trip to the moon. Children of all ages will enjoy it, including some jokes that will also tickle the adult funny bone, planetarium staff said. Planetarium educator Niki Habegger is the show’s producer-director.

The 90-minute planetarium experience will include information about the moon and a staff-guided live tour of the Fort Wayne night sky.

The Fall Planetarium Weekend also includes the show “Aurora,” which focuses on the mystery and beauty of the Northern Lights. The schedule follows.

“Larry Cat in Space,” Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.
“Aurora,” Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Viewers should arrive 15 minutes early to purchase tickets. No one will be admitted after the program starts. Young children must be able to sit quietly in the dark.
Admission is $4 for adults and $3 for children under 18 and senior citizens. The maximum charge is $14 per family (two adults and their dependent children). Admission for Fort Wayne Astronomical Society members and USF students, faculty and staff with ID is $1.

To schedule a private group program or receive more information about programs, contact Jean Sorg at (260) 399-7700, ext. 8211 or The planetarium is located in Achatz Hall of Science <; next to Hutzell Athletic Center on Leesburg Road. The planetarium website is