Remember when you gazed into the night sky as a kid? Well, you can re-live those same memories now as as adult. The University of Saint Francis' Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium is quite the astrological experience.
Enter a 30-foot projection dome with 75 seats. At the center of the room is a Spitz Model A4 projector, with the capacity of showing the sky as it appears on any night of any year, anywhere on Earth. The machine projects 2,100 stars, the Milky Way, Sun, Moon, and the positions of the 5 planets visible to the naked eye.
In addition to the main star projector, there are many auxiliary projectors that simulate the constellations, comets, meteors, auroras, and galaxies. Special effect projectors mounted around the cove of the room illustrate the functions of various celestial bodies, satellites, space ships, and other effects.
The Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium is located on the campus of the University of Saint Francis. You can enter off of Leesburg Road entrance, east side of campus. They are located inside Achatz Hall.
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). Purchase tickets at the door. Insider's Note: Be sure to arrive prior to program time to avoid congestion in the hallway.
Want to have a more intimate experience? You're in luck! Visitors can schedule a private group program! For more information regarding our programs, including planetarium location,contact Jean at (260) 399-7700, ext 821.
Insider's Note: They prefer a minimum advance notice of 4 weeks (6 weeks for Two-Fer Programs) to schedule a program. Due to staff and facility availability, they may not be able to accommodate requests made with less than four weeks' notice. Also, the planetarium is closed the months of January and June for show production and equipment maintenance.
Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. (Go Flyers!) The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys working out, thrifting and volunteering.