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Dark Sky Caravan & Star Parties

August 12 - August 13

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Star Party at Pincushion Trail

Dark Sky Caravan

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is gearing up to hit the road again for our 5th annual Dark Sky Caravan on August 8th – 13th!

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. Planetarium staff will set up telescopes for everyone to enjoy and give live tours of the night sky. We will also be on the lookout for meteors from the Perseid meteor shower happening August 11th-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.

We will start with a virtual kick-off event on August 8th at 7p on Facebook Live. Planetarium staff will be joined by Emma Adams and Bob King. Emma is the Campus Operations Assistant at Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center and will be talking about light pollution and preserving our dark skies. Bob King, aka Astro Bob, will then tell us all about what we can see in our dark skies.

The Caravan star parties will start in Duluth on August 9th and end at the Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center at the end of the Gunflint Trail, close to the BWCAW, on August 13th. The star parties will run from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. each night.

Star Parties 8p-11p:

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, and Visit Cook County for their help in planning, coordinating, and running the Dark Sky Caravan!