Universe in the Park 2017

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Universe in the Park

Looking for an astronomy fix? During the summer months, we don’t have the Friday night Public Viewings at the UofM’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 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 may be 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:

DateParkApprox. Distance from Twin Cities
June 24, SaturdayNerstrand Big Woods State Park 1 hour
July 1, SaturdayWilliam O’Brien State Park45 minutes
July 8, SaturdayAfton State Park30 minutes
July 14, FridayDodge Nature Center15 minutes
July 15, SaturdayLowry Nature Center45 minutes
July 21, FridayCedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve45 minutes
July 29, SaturdayAfton State Park30 minutes
August 4, FridayMille Lacs Kathio State Park1 hour 45 mins
August 5, SaturdayFather Hennepin State Park2 hours
August 11, FridayWilliam O’Brien State Park45 minutes
August 12, SaturdayLake Maria State Park1 hour
 

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


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Joy Peters - co-creator and writer for FamilyFunTwinCities.com.

Besides Family Fun Twin Cities, I spend my 9 to 5 at a day job pursuing my weird passion for calendars and organizing things as a legal secretary. When I get home I spend my time with my four kids, 10, 6, 4 and 1. My amazing husband is both a full-time musician and full-time stay-at-home dad. Together we run a small radio empire — SiaNet Radio — playing, promoting and enjoying the wide variety of local music and art in the Twin Cities. I juggle all this while writing about exploring the Twin Cities with kids. I couldn’t be happier.

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