Universe in the Park 2015

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Looking for an astronomy fix? During the summer months, we don’t have the Friday night Public Viewings at the U of M’s Institute for Astrophysics, instead there is the Universe in the Park program on Friday and Saturday nights throughout the summer.  These events are held in various state parks — some close, some not so close.  The program starts with a 20-30 minute presentation at 8:30 p.m. and then, weather permitting, an opportunity to view the sky through telescopes until 10 or 11 p.m.. Participants can learn how to use a star map and go home with a free one. This program is free, but a vehicle permit is usually required ($25 annual/$5 daily). Don’t forget to dress appropriately for Minnesota summer evenings (You know the drill — layers and insect repellent.)  Since it IS a park, and you are paying for a days worth of parking, you might as well arrive early with a picnic and have some playtime.

Participating parks are listed below:

June 19, FridayLake Maria State Park
June 20, SaturdayNerstrand Big Woods State Park
June 26, FridayEastman Nature Center
June 27, SaturdayAfton State Park
July 3, FridayWilliam O’Brien State Park
July 4, SaturdayNo UItP event
July 10, FridayDodge Nature Center
July 11, SaturdayLowry Nature Center
July 17, FridayInterstate State Park
July 18, SaturdayWild River State Park
July 24, FridayTettegouche State Park
July 25, SaturdayGooseberry Falls State Park
July 31, FridayWilliam O’Brien State Park
August 1, SaturdayLake Maria State Park
August 7, FridayNerstrand Big Woods State Park
August 8, SaturdayWilliam O’Brien State Park
August 14, FridayFather Hennepin State Park
August 15, SaturdayMille Lacs Kathio State Park

For more information, contact Chris Nolting at nolting@astro.umn.edu.

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