To: All USF Faculty, Students, Staff and Administration:

The Planetarium Staff invites you to one or more of several Planetarium Shows before we formally close for decommissioning. All of the scheduled shows are our “adult” shows for ages above 5th grade. A full description of our shows are listed on our website group program pages. As USF events only, there will be no admission charge.

Except for A Canticle Experience, all are listed in our traditional 90 minute program format: a multimedia show followed by a staff led tour of the night sky.

However, for these programs we will provide an opportunity to leave after the multimedia show for those not able to stay for the live sky tour. All multimedia shows run less than an hour of the 90 minute total program.

Of special note are the timings for both screenings of The Planets. The Planets begins with a dedication to our Operations and Security people. Therefore, The Planets has been scheduled so that Operations and Campus Security people could catch the show before they need to clock in or just after they clock out.

We hope to see and talk with you at one or more of the following Planetarium Programs.

Alan Pareis, Planetarium Director

This week June 21-Thursday June 23, 7 scheduled shows.

Tuesday, June 21

  • 11:00 AM-Noon A Canticle Experience (A meditation time, no lecture only intro.)
  • 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM The Planets, timed so Campus Security people who clock in at 4 PM can catch the show before starting work

Wednesday, June 22 – Exploration Day

We had a request for 2 of the 3 Explorers Project shows, so we are going to do all 3 in the order they were produced by the Bishop Planetarium, Honolulu. Something we have been wanting to do for years, and would have done for 3 Rivers Fest this year.

  • 11 AM – 12:30 PM The Explorers of Polynesia
  • 2 PM – 3:30 PM The Explorers of Mauna Kea
  • 3:45 PM -5:15 PM The Explorers of The International Space Station

Thursday, June 23

  • 2:30-3:00 PM A Canticle Experience (A meditation time, no lecture only intro.)
  • 3:45 PM-5:15 PM The Planets, timed for Campus Operations people who clock out at  3:30 PM so they can catch the show on their way home.

On all but the Canticle there will be an opportunity for folk to leave after the “show” and not stay for the live sky part of our normal “Planetarium Program/Experience.

Transit of Mercury

The University of Saint Francis Schouweiler Planetarium and the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society (FWAS) invite the community to join them throughout the morning and early afternoon on Monday, May 9 to safely view the Transit of Mercury. A Transit of Mercury occurs when the Earth, Mercury and Sun align in such a way that over the course of several hours, Mercury can be seen as a tiny dot moving across the disk of the Sun.

To attempt to see this event without special equipment will result in blindness, so the FWAS and USF Schouweiler Planetarium will provide four special viewing locations.

Site Information:

  • 7 – 9 a.m. – Kreager Park, North River Road, East Parking lot area
  • 10 a.m. – 2:33 p.m. (end of transit) – Freimann Square, downtown
  • 10 a.m. – 2:33 p.m. (end of transit) – University of Saint Francis parking lot on south side of Hutzell Athletic Center off Leesburg Road
  • 11 a.m. – 2:33 p.m. (end of transit) – Parks and Recreation Community Center, 233 West Main Street

PLEASE NOTE: In order to see the Transit of Mercury, observers will need to be able to see the Sun. If it is very overcast, raining, or there is a threat of immediate rain, there will be no viewing. If it is partly cloudy, we will attempt to view the event. Any immediate threat of rain will result in closure of the viewing site to protect the observing equipment.

Planetarium Closing

The Edwin Clark Schouweiler Memorial Planetarium is closing May 31, 2016. Teachers seeking student learning opportunities may consider art gallery guided tours. For scheduling contact 260.399.7700, ext. 8001, or

WinterFest 2016

Thanks to all who came to our WinterFest 2016 events. We hoped you enjoyed your time at the Schouweiler as much as we enjoyed meeting and talking with you.

Thanks for the many “out of towners” who made the special effort to come, some making the repeat trip both weeks.

Our next scheduled public shows are the two weekends of Fort Wayne’s Three Rivers Festival: July 8-10 and 15-16.

We will be having one or more special events related to the Transit of Mercury, which occurs on Monday, May 9, 2016. While not as rare as Transits of Venus, Mercury transits occur infrequently.

A transit of Mercury is when the planet Mercury can be seen as it passes in front of the Sun from the vantage point of the Earth. May’s transit will take place during most of the morning of the 9th. It can only be viewed with the special equipment that is used to protect the eyes when viewing eclipses of the Sun.

At this writing the Schouweiler is in conversation with its colleagues of the Fort Wayne Astronomical Society about jointly operating one or more Transit viewing stations in the Fort Wayne area.  Periodically check this site as the transit date approaches for information about where you will be able to safely view this year’s transit of Mercury.

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