Eden Prairie's Staring Lake Observatory in Staring Lake Park was a gift from the Minnesota Astronomical Society. The 9-foot tall, 16-inch Cassegrain telescope is one of the largest telescopes in the state of Minnesota. The city hosts public astronomy programs throughout the year at the observatory. This can make a fun family outing when studying astronomy or with kids who are interested in space in general.
Star Watch Astronomy at Staring Lake Observatory
Star Watch Astronomy programs are pre-scheduled on select dates year round and go forward rain or shine. If the sky is clear, the observatory roof will be open for viewing. If the weather is cloudy, a large LCD screen in the Outdoor Center is used to simulate a night sky. An astronomer leads each event and is available to explain what you are seeing and answers questions.
Programs are usually $7.00 per person and are recommended for ages 8+. Visitors are encouraged to dress for the current weather and bring binoculars for additional viewing. Find and register for upcoming programs on Eden Prairie's website.
More Astronomy Family Fun:
- Universe in the Park
- Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics - Public Viewing Nights
- Como Planetarium
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