Universe in the Park

by Robin Sauerwein

 

Did you know the University of Minnesota’s Department of Astronomy hosts a summer outreach program, titled Universe in the park? The program is presented at various area state parks through September 12.

At each event, staff will present a short 20 minute talk along with a slide show covering a wide range of astronomical subjects. You can learn everything from the history of matter to information about our solar system. Then if weather permits, guests will haveNight Sky the opportunity to view the night sky with the help of telescopes operated by the staff.

They also encourage questions on whatever topic comes to mind on astronomy.

This annual program is modeled after a successful project at the University of Wisconisin. The purpose is to inspire and excite the public on the subject of astronomy and to provide a fun and enjoyable evening of learning.

Free skymaps  will be available with instructions on how to use them.

Events are held rain or shine on either a Friday or Saturday and end Sept. 12. Time of presentations usually run from 8:30 - 10:00 or 11:00 pm. The only cost is a vechicle permit to enter the state park.

 

Here are the times and places holding a Universe in the Park event:

Friday, September 11 - Afton State Park

Saturday, September 12 -  William O’Brien State Park

 

For more info:  Contact Andrew Helton at ahelton@astro.umn.edu or call 612-625-0580.

 

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