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USF debuting “Larry Cat in Space” planetarium show

FORT WAYNE, Ind.—The product of a year’s work by the Schouweiler Planetarium staff at the University of Saint Francis, the debut of “Larry Cat in Space,” will be offered this weekend as part of the university’s Fall Planetarium Weekend.

“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. Created by Loch Ness Productions, “Larry Cat in Space” was produced and directed at the Shouweiler by planetarium educator Kirsten “Niki” Habegger.

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,” for the whole family, is Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 3 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.
“Aurora,” for fifth-graders through adults, is 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

The University of Saint Francis, founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership, School of Professional Studies and School of Creative Arts. The university’s College of Adult Learning designs focused curriculum for working adults by offering online and accelerated programs, through its Virtual, Fort Wayne and Crown Point campuses. More than 2,400 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.