The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium at the University of Minnesota Duluth is hitting the trail, according to a news release from Valerie Coit, communications specialist for the Swenson College of Science & Engineering. From Aug. 10-17, planetarium staff will visit sites around Northeastern Minnesota to share their love of the cosmos.
Planetarium Director Jessica Herrington said the planetarium will show programs inside a mobile GeoDome at each location and set up telescopes outside for people to enjoy while experts answer questions and share their knowledge, rain or shine.
The events are free, and people can stop by between 6-10:30 p.m. in the following locations:
- Saturday, Aug. 10 Grand Portage State Park Visitor Center, Grand Portage (1-5 p.m.)
- Sunday, Aug. 11 Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium
- Monday, Aug. 12 Tettegouche Visitor Center, Silver Bay
- Tuesday, Aug. 13 Tettegouche Visitor Center, Silver Bay
- Wednesday, Aug. 14 Voyageur Brewing Company, Grand Marais with Lunar and celestial telescope viewing on Artists Point from 8-10:30 p.m.
- Thursday, Aug. 15 Voyageur Brewing Company, Grand Marais with Lunar and celestial telescope viewing on Artists Point from 8-10:30 p.m.
- Friday, Aug. 16 Seagull Lake Community Center, upper Gunflint Trail
- Saturday, Aug. 17 Seagull Lake Community Center, upper Gunflint Trail
For more information about the Dark Sky Caravan, visit z.umn.edu/darkskycaravan.
These events are a collaborative effort between UMD and the Arrowhead Astronomical Society, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Gunflint Trail Historical Society - Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, the Superior National Forest, Visit Cook County, Voyageur Brewing and Metropolitan State University.
The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is part of the Swenson College of Science & Engineering at UMD. To learn more, visit: www.d.umn.edu/scse.