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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. 

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 planet@d.umn.edu or 218-726-7129.

Past Event

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
Source for this image: www.lightpollutionmap.info

 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

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

Visit Cook County

Voyager Brewing Company