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Dark Sky Caravan
The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is hitting the road! We're heading toward the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness August 11-17, 2018
Road Trip to the Stars
August 11 – 18, 2018
We’re taking the GeoDome mobile planetarium and our telescopes on a trip up the North Shore and beyond to celebrate the dark skies we enjoy here in northern Minnesota.
Our final shows will take place at the end of the Gunflint Trail, one of the best places in the entire country for observing the stars.
Join us for free!
Each day, we’ll be in a new place with the portable planetarium and telescopes to observe the sun, stars, planets and moon!
This is the perfect time of year for stargazing.
Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn and the Milky Way will be visible in the evening sky. This is also the time for the Perseid Meteor shower where we can expect to see 50-70 meteors or shooting stars per hour. If it's cloudy or raining, we can still take a tour of the universe in the GeoDome mobile planetarium.
Destinations & Times
Dates & Locations - 5 to 11:00 p.m. each day (except where noted)
- Saturday, Aug. 11 – UMD Planetarium
- Sunday, Aug. 12 – Tettegouche Visitor Center
- Monday, Aug. 13 – Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte
- Tuesday, Aug. 14 – Voyager Brewing Company, Grand Marais
- Wednesday, Aug. 15 – Grand Portage Community Center, Grand Portage from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
- Thursday, Aug. 16 - Seagull Lake Community Center, upper trail Gunflint Trail
- Friday, Aug. 17 – Seagull Lake Community Center, upper trail Gunflint Trail
Before You Go
Wear long pants/sleeves. It may be summer, but the temperature can cool down in the evenings, and you're not moving around very much while observing.
Wear bug spray. It's a good idea to protect yourself from mosquitoes and you'll enjoy the time more if you're not having to swat away bugs. But please do not spray bug spray near the telescopes. Apply it beforehand or briefly walk away from the telescopes to spray.
You may also want to bring a flashlight or head lamp to walk safely to your vehicle if attending at night.
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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.
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
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