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USF Presents Final Weekend Of WinterFest Planetarium Shows

The University of Saint Francis Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium’s WinterFest 2016 event concludes with traditional planetarium programs, February 26-February 28.

Friday, February 26

7:30 p.m. – “The Planets”

Tour our solar system’s eight planetary systems and Trans-Neptunian objects including Pluto. This visually stunning tour of our solar system features recent imagery and video from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). For audiences 5th grade and older.

Saturday, February 27

Family Matinee:

3 p.m. – “Larry Cat in Space”

Learn about the Moon from a family pet who travels to the Moon. Fun for children of all ages and accompanying adults.

7:30 p.m. – “The Explorers of Polynesia”

Sail the Pacific in a 60-foot Hawaiian voyaging canoe and navigate by the stars as explorers from Asia did when they settled Polynesia thousands of years ago. Also take a glimpse of our current exploration of near-Earth space. For audiences 5th grade and older.

Sunday, February 28

Family Matinee:

3 p.m. – “A Solar System Adventure Tour”

A Solar System Adventure Tour is an interactive tour of the solar system during which audience members help with the operation of the spaceship. During a “refueling stop” on the moon base, the audience participates in a hands-on demonstration of moon phases. For children grades 2-4 and accompanying adults.

5:30 p.m. – “The Stargazer”

Narrated by actor Nichelle Nichols, “StarGazer” presents the life cycle of stars, the spectral classification of stars, and the forces and processes that govern the life of a star. For audiences 5th grade and older.

Programs include a multimedia show and a staff-led tour of Fort Wayne’s night sky, with attendees receiving a star chart to take home. The Larry Cat program is approximately 60 minutes. All other programs are 90 minutes. Detailed planetarium show descriptions can be found on the planetarium’s website:

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

Visitors should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to show time to purchase tickets, as there is no admittance after a program starts.

Founded in 1890 as a comprehensive university in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. The university will open a Downtown Fort Wayne Campus in the fall of 2016 that will feature business, entrepreneurship and music technology programs. Currently 2,300 students from a broad geographic region attend USF for its academic excellence.

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