|Venture to the moon with ‘Larry Cat in Space’|
|Written by Dan Fox, Senior Staff|
|Thursday, 24 January 2013 14:48|
The children’s informative and entertaining film “Larry Cat in Space” will be shown starting at 7:30 p.m. today in the ISU Planetarium.
The program will have showings at 7:30 p.m. on Fridays and at 2 p.m. Saturdays through Feb. 2.
Admission to the show is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and children ages 5-12, and $2 for children ages 3-4.
Attendees can venture into space and the moon through the eyes of Larry the cat and observe his human family, a group of enthusiastic sky-watchers.
“It is a children’s program about a cat that travels to the moon, following his master who is a lunar geologist,” Thomas Willmitch, director of ISU Planetarium, said.
It is meant to introduce children to astronomy and talk about the moon. We want to get them used to the planetarium environment. It is a great introduction to the planetarium and astronomy, Willmitch said.
The planetarium has brought “Larry” back due to its popularity in the past, he added.
“We run our holiday show that runs through the middle of December, and we start our spring show a little bit into the spring semester sometime in early February,” Willmitch said. “A lot of times in the gap we will run a children’s show, and that is what we decided to do this year.”
The planetarium presents a variety of shows every year including a holiday program, fall show, spring show and summer show.
“‘Larry Cat’ is certainly a family oriented show that is geared toward children,” Willmitch said. “The next show is the ‘Galaxy’ show, which is for all audiences. It’s a little more sophisticated. It’s a lot like an episode of ‘NOVA’ on PBS.”
For more information about “Larry, Cat in Space,” the upcoming “Galaxy” show or for questions about the planetarium in general, visit Phy.Ilstu.Edu/~trw/Planet.html, or call 309-438-5007.