Special Events

Dark Sky Caravan: Aug 5th - 10th

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is gearing up to hit the road again for our 7th annual Dark Sky Caravan on August 5th - 10th! 

Minnesota is home to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCAW) which is the largest International Dark Sky Sanctuary in the world. To celebrate our dark skies, Planetarium staff will be traveling along the North Shore stopping at different locations each night for a star party. You can enjoy fun activities and presentations or planetarium shows while the Sun is setting. Once it gets dark, you can gaze through telescopes and get a live sky tour of the stars and constellations visible. We will also be on the lookout for meteors from the Perseid meteor shower which peaks Aug 12th-13th. If it’s cloudy, don’t worry! We will still have fun activities and digital sky tours so you can learn what to look for when it clears up. 

The Caravan star parties will start in Duluth on August 5th and end at the Schapp Community Center on the Gunflint Trail on August 10th. The star parties will run from 8p to 11p each night (except where noted).

You can find our full schedule below:

Dark Sky Caravan Schedule

Grab your bug spray and come join us for some fun under the stars!

The Planetarium is very thankful to the Gunflint Trail Historical Society, Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, Low Light Experiences, and Visit Cook County for their help in planning, coordinating, and running the Dark Sky Caravan!

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