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Schedule of Events:

Friday, December 14th:

5 pm – 9 pm | UMD Marshall W. Alworth Traveling GeoDome at Voyageur Brewing Company

Joel Halvorson, James Rock, Jessica Herrington, and UMD students will bring back the traveling planetarium that visited Cook County previously in August for a night of space exploration. Outside enjoy the Geminid Meteor Shower, and telescope viewing with guidance from astronomical experts. Inside visit the GeoDome to explore such topics as Traveling the Cosmos uncovering the Dark Secret of Dark Matter. Or celebrate the 50th anniversary of the iconic Earthrise photo–our planet’s first selfie!

5 pm | Gun Flint Tavern & Brewpub Premiere of limited edition Dark Sky Stout made in-house by head brewer Paul Gecas

Saturday, December 15th:

5 – 6:30 pm | Dueling Photographers: Bryan Hansel and Travis Novitsky | North House Folk School

Cook County photographers Travis Novitsky and Bryan Hansel will have a friendly duel of nightscape images. Novitsky and Hansel are the two most experienced night sky photographers in the Midwest. They’ll also talk about why they love night sky photography, and what drives them to travel the lonely, dark, roads of Cook County in the middle of the night, while sharing images from their night sky adventures. This will be one of the most unforgettable presentations of the year, and you don’t want to miss it.

6:30 pm | Native Skies: Jim Rock and Joel Halvorson, the Stars and Indigenous People at North House Folk School

Halvorson and Rock have a unique and expansive presentation that allows viewers to learn about the stars in ways they’ve never imagined. After the presentations at North House Folk School, there will be a community bonfire with s’mores and more stargazing–weather permitting.

8- 10 pm | More time in the GeoDome at Voyageur Brewing Company

9 pm | Stars and Space Movie Marathon at Wunderbar

Bring your PJ’s and hunker down at Wunderbar for viewing some classic star and space favorites.

Kavli Fulldome Lecture Series

The Kavli Lecture Series offers you the chance to hear from experts around the world as we stream their presentations live in our full-dome theater. The presentations are made possible through a partnership with the Adler Planetarium and the Kavli Foundation. 

Upcoming Lecture

Presenter: Dr. Shane Larson
Date: Friday, November 9, 2018
Title: "The Cosmos in a Heartbeat"
Time:  Friday at 7:30pm CST

About the Lecture

A human lifetime is more than a hundred billion times shorter than the current age of the Universe. Whether you are a professional astronomer or a casual backyard stargazer, you have only a few decades to drink it all in—to wonder how it works and how you got here.

The cosmos is full of strange happenings that we sometimes are lucky enough to witness because we happened to be paying attention to the stories the Universe is telling us. These tales are carried on bursts of light, showers of sub-atomic particles, and the faint whisperings of gravity, and every day that passes, we’re getting better at deciphering them.

In our lifetimes, we will only ever have a glimpse of the cosmos. But that glimpse is enough to transform our perceptions in dramatic ways and to answer the oldest questions we have about what the Universe is doing all around us

Regular admission prices apply:
Adults - $5
Children (6-12), Seniors (60+) and Students with ID - $3
Children 5 and under - free.

For disability-related accommodations, please contact us at least two weeks in advance at or 218-726-7129.

Dark Sky Caravan

Thanks to all our partners and participants that helped make the Dark Sky Caravan events a success!

We took the GeoDome mobile planetarium and our telescopes on a trip up the North Shore and beyond from August 11-18 to celebrate the dark skies we enjoy here in northern Minnesota.

Dark Sky Map of Arrowhead Region

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Each day, we visited a new location to take advantage of the dark skies and do some serious stargazing. 

Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the Milky Way were all visible and we were able to enjoy the Perseid Meteor shower.

Destinations & Times

Free shows were offered in the GeoDome on the half hour from 5 to 11:00 p.m. each day (except where noted).

  1. Saturday, Aug. 11 – UMD Planetarium
  2. Sunday, Aug. 12 – Tettegouche Visitor Center
  3. Monday, Aug. 13 – Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
  4. Tuesday, Aug. 14 – Voyager Brewing Company, Grand Marais
  5. Wednesday, Aug. 15 – Grand Portage Community Center, Grand Portage from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  6. Thursday, Aug. 16 - Seagull Lake Community Center, upper trail Gunflint Trail
  7. Friday, Aug. 17 – Seagull Lake Community Center, upper trail Gunflint Trail

Thanks To Our Sponsors

The University of Minnesota Duluth in cooperation with:

Arrowhead Astronomical Society

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

Grand Portage Chippewa

Gunflint Trail Historical Society

Superior National Forest

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Voyager Brewing Company