News & Notes
Star of Bethlehem 2013
Our next public programs are scheduled for the first three weekends of December. For details: http://www.sf.edu/sf/planetarium/public
For information on other Christmas activities at the University of Saint Francis: http://sf.edu/sf/alumni/events/christmas-at-usf
Fall Planetarium Weekend
Thank you to everyone who attend our Fall Planetarium Weekend Programs. The weekend was our premier of "Larry Cat in Space". "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 educator, Niki Habegger, is the show's producer-director.
Notes From The Director
Though the planetarium is normally closed during the months of June, August and January, for public and group shows, the planetarium staff tasks and work continues during these months.
Most of our staff efforts this August have focused on new show production. We actually have two shows partially through the final automation process.
Automation consists of a team of at least 2 working in the dark in blocks of time, usually a minimum of three hours each block. During the automation time computer cues are tagged to the narration sound track. These cues activate and initiate complex step-by-step processes for each of our auxiliary special effects projectors, still image projectors, video effects systems.
The Schouweiler has over 50 of these systems that can be controlled by automation.
Depending upon the hardware and the effect the director wishes, this means working in fraction of a second increments of time and as little as 1 percent of variation in light intensity. A rule of thumb for automating this kind of multi-media production is 2 hours for every 1 minute of show run-time.
Before arriving at the automation stage there are a hundred or more person hours involving the entire staff in preparation: purchasing the right to produce the show, researching copyrights and permissions; scriptwriting and storyboarding; image acquisition and preparation; video acquisition and clip editing; audio effects acquisition and editing to a final soundtrack. For the Schouweiler's part-time and volunteer staff these processes can extend over several months and even years as in the case of the two shows that are now in the final automation phase.
The two shows are:
The Planets is an up-to-date tour of the solar system and its galactic neighborhood, featuring recent imagery and video from NASA and the European Space Agency (ESA). The Planets is narrated by Kate Mulgrew, the actor who for seven years played Captain Janeway of the Starship Voyager in the Star Trek Voyager TV series.
Larry Cat in Space is a humorous tale of a pet cat that stows away and finds himself on the moon. Fun for all ages... and you might learn a few things about Earth's Moon along the way!
At this writing we expect The Planets to be available later this fall for school and other private groups, 5th grade and older bookings. A Public Show Premier will be during WinterFest 2014.
Larry Cat in Space is expected to debut during our Fall Planetarium Weekend the first weekend in November, and will become available to schools and other groups early in 2014.
Larry Cat in Space has a cousin: Fito Gato en El Spacio. Fito Gato en El Spacio will be the Schouweiler's first all Spanish planetarium show. We hope to premier Fito Gato en El Spacio later in 2014. Watch for further announcements about Fito Gato en El Spacio in 2014.
Thanks for following The Schouweiler, Where The Stars Always Shine! I look forward to seeing you during our Fall Planetarium Weekend, or even sooner if you have booked a group planetarium experience for this fall.
Planetarium Program Public Show Admission
is $4 for adults, $3 for children under 18, and $3 for senior citizens. The maximum charge is $14 per family (family consisting of 2 adults and their dependent children). USF Students, Faculty and Staff admission is $1 with ID. Purchase tickets at the door. Please arrive prior to program time to avoid congestion in the hallway. No admittance to anyone after the start time.
Please check back later for information on more upcoming public events in 2013.
To schedule your private group program, or for more information regarding our programs, including planetarium location, please contact Jean at 260-399-7700, ext 821
We are now scheduling private groups and schools for the 2013-2014 school year. Call our planetarium information and scheduling line, 260-399-7700, extension 8211, or send an email to email@example.com, and we will be delighted to answer your questions and schedule your show.
Please note we prefer a minimum advance notice of 4 weeks (6 weeks for Two-Fer Programs) to schedule a program. Due to staff and facility availability, we may not be able to accommodate requests made with less than four weeks' notice.
The planetarium is closed the months of January, June and August for show production and equipment maintenance.
If you would like to be notified of upcoming Public Shows at the Planetarium, please send your email address to: firstname.lastname@example.org and you will be added to our distribution list. Thank you.
The Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium is located on the campus of the University of Saint Francis. Please enter off of Leesburg Road entrance, east side of campus. We are located inside Achatz Hall. Campus Map