October 15, 2014

Rebecca J. James, Graduate Assistant

VSU Planetarium Presents Larry: Cat in Space Oct. 31

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta State University Planetarium will present the classic, full-dome Larry: Cat in Space, the second program of its 2014-2015 public outreach season, on Friday, Oct. 31.

Describing the cartoon presentation, Dr. Kenneth Rumstay, a professor in the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences said, “Larry: Cat In Space tells the story of an ordinary, Earth-bound house cat. When his geologist owner, Diana, takes a job at a base on the moon, she sadly leaves Larry behind. But Larry will have none of it, and stows away on the next shuttle. He is welcomed by the other inhabitants of Imbrium Village, including the evil Commander Stone, who turns out to be not so bad after all.”

Larry: Cat In Space is produced by Loch Ness Productions and is primarily targeted at children in kindergarten through third grade. However, all ages are invited since, as Rumstay explained, “everyone loves an entertaining story.”  

“Parents and children alike will enjoy the show and learn something about the moon, too,” he said.

Shows will begin at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., and 9 p.m. Admission is free of charge. Seating is limited to 47 people per show, and tickets will be distributed beginning at 6 p.m. on a first-come, first-served basis. The rooftop observatory will be open after each show, weather permitting.

Located on the third floor of Nevins Hall, the VSU Planetarium underwent extensive renovations during the summer of 2011 and now includes a Digitarium Kappa digital projector, which can reproduce the night sky as seen from anywhere on Earth or from the surface of any object in the solar system, at any time in history, past or future. This technology is the first of its kind in the world.

Limited parking will be available in front of the building and across Patterson Street.

Public outreach shows are appropriate for children ages 5 and up.

Contact the Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences at (229) 333-5752 for more information.

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