This month marks one year since Leiji Matsumoto, a manga artist connected to Kitakyushu City, passed away, and a special planetarium program of "Galaxy Express 999" is being shown at the city's science museum.

Leiji Matsumoto, who spent his childhood in Kitakyushu City, created many works with space and adventure themes, including ``Galaxy Express 999'' and ``Space Pirate Captain Harlock.'' He passed away last February at the age of 85.

The special planetarium screening is being held at the Kitakyushu City Science Museum "Space LABO" in Yawata Higashi Ward, where you can watch a special program called "Galaxy Express 999 Red Star Betelgeuse and the Radiance of His Life" that was produced 11 years ago. can do.

The story is about the main characters, Tetsuro Hoshino and Maetel, who are traveling on ``No. 999'' and encounter the explosion of the red star Betelgeuse.Through Tetsuro's adventures, you can learn about the life of stars such as supernova explosions.

A woman in her 50s who has been a fan of Matsumoto's work since she was a child said, ``I'm sad that Mr. Matsumoto passed away, but he gave me the opportunity to become interested in space.I want young people to come into contact with his work as well.'' We were talking.

Hiroshi Uchida, director of the Kitakyushu City Science Museum, said, ``Since the screening will be in Kitakyushu City, which has connections to Mr. Matsumoto, we would like people of all generations to come and see it.''

This special screening will be held from 4:30 pm every day until the end of next month, except on certain days.