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Dark Sky Caravan 2019

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August 10, 2019

The UMD Planetarium is Taking the Stars on the Road

The telescope and dome traveling show runs from Aug. 10-17

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is hitting the road from the North Shore to the end of the Gunflint Trail Aug. 10-17. This traveling event will coincide with the annual Perseid Meteor shower and a full moon, perfect for celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing through a telescope.

The mobile GeoDome Theater creates an immersive learning environment that is interactive and engaging. University of Minnesota Duluth staff and students will lead attendees through a dynamic digital space exploration experience. Accompanying the planetarium will be Lunar and celestial telescope viewing with UMD experts and fun hands-on activities!

All events are FREE, with daily programming that will run from 6 p.m. – 10:30 p.m, except where noted. 

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

Dates and Locations

The end of the tour wraps up with two nights at the end of the Gunflint Trail – known for its pure dark sky with a reading of a class 1 on the Bortle scale, which translates into an excellent dark sky with minimal light pollution.

The Dark Sky Caravan is the prequel to the Dark Sky Festival held in Grand Marais, December 13-14, 2019. This event will be centered around celebrating the night sky with a lineup of presenters, photographers, and stellar storytellers creating an immersive experience for longtime star gazers and novices. Mark your calendar. For more information on that event see:

Sponsored By

The University of Minnesota Duluth in cooperation with the Arrowhead Astronomical Society, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Gunflint Trail Historical Society - Chik-Wauk Museum and Nature Center, Superior National Forest, Visit Cook County, Voyageur Brewing and Metropolitan State University.

About the Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium 

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