Dark Sky Caravan

Friday August 16, 2019 - Saturday August 17, 2019 06:00pm-10:30pm
Seagull Lake Community Center

We are on a journey to celebrate and preserve Northeast Minnesota’s dark sky window to the universe.

The journey will begin in Duluth at the UMD planetarium, and will end on August 17th in the footprint of the darkest night sky in the US east of the Mississippi. Each day we will travel to a new destination with our portable planetarium and telescopes, where we will offer free programming for all.

Inside the UMD GeoDome planetarium, you can take an interactive guided tours of the known universe. From the earth to the edge of the observable universe and all points in between.

Outside, we will have telescopes set-up and experts on hand for viewing the sun, stars, planets and moon. Our journey will begin with the new moon and end on the first quarter moon, giving visitors a chance to view the moon before and after sunset (weather permitting). This week is also the peak viewing time for the annual Perseid Meteor shower, where we can anticipate 50-70 meteors per hour.

Planetarium shows will be offered on the half hour. In the event of cloudy skies, programming will be limited to the planetarium.

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.

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