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 You can also visit one of our partner sites. Like the ExploraDome, these facilities represent the first school planetariums of their kind in the world; scaling real data, in real-time, from the earth to the edge of the observable universe. Learn more about these fine facilities:

Como Planetarium - Saint Paul, MN
(651) 293-5398

Jackson Middle School Observatory - Champlin, MN


Mankato East High School Planetarium - Mankato, MN
Click on link above, then Community Links/Planetarium
(507) 387- 5671

Mayo High School Planetarium – Rochester, MN

(507) 438-5600

Minnesota State Moorhead Planetarium - Moorhead, MN
(218)477-2920

Southwest State University Planetarium- Marshall, MN
(507) 537-6173

University of Wisconsin River Falls Planetarium - River Falls, WI
(715)425-3560

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Planetariums

Como Planetarium- Saint Paul, MN
(651) 293-5398
This small school planetarium seats 63 guests and is located in Saint Paul's Como Elementary school. School programs and private shows are available upon request and availability. See their website for a listing of their public shows and astronomy events.

Paulucci Space Theatre- Hibbing, MN
(218) 262-6720
In Northern Minnesota, this public planetarium (seats 61) offers large format films and star shows. Enjoy programs in their 40 foot diameter domed theatre, and enjoy the activities in our "Kids' Corner." The theatre is located on the Hibbing Community College campus and is owned and operated by that institution.

Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium- University of Minnesota, Duluth, MN
(218) 726-7129
Free public shows Wednesday evenings at 7:00 pm and private shows can be scheduled with one of the Planetarium staff.

Mankato East High School Planetarium- Mankato, MN
(507) 387-5671
Many free shows throughout the year. During the summer, call ahead and shows can be scheduled with the planetarium director.

Southwest State University Planetarium- Marshall, MN
(507) 537-6173
This planetarium offers public and a wide variety of group shows. Located on campus. Some good astronomy links.

Saint Cloud State Planetarium- Saint Cloud, MN
(320) 255-2011
Planetarium available for school groups. Located at Saint Cloud University. Public shows scheduled in February and March.

Regional Science Center Planetarium, Moorhead State- Moorhead, MN
(218) 477-2920
Run by Moorhead State University, this small planetarium (seats 60) offers public shows and school group shows.

Mayo High School Planetarium- Rochester, MN
(507) 285-8797
Small planetarium (seats 60). Call for school group reservations. Contact is Larry Mascotti.

Observatories

Eisenhower Observatory- Hopkins, MN
(952) 988-4077
On the 3rd floor of the Eisenhower Community Center in Hopkins--1001 West Hwy 7. Special presentations available for scouts or class groups by reservation. Open to the general public for viewing by calling for reservations. Run by volunteer experts. The 12 inch Lawrence Sauter telescope is your transport to the stars. A $2 donation for adults and $1 donation for children is requested.

Onan Observatory- Norwood-Young America, MN
Public Star Parties are held approximately every other Saturday, from March to November, at 1st quarter and 3rd quarter moons. Public viewing schedule can be found online. Star parties are free and open to all, however Baylor Regional Park will charge a small parking fee.

Macalester Observatory- Saint Paul, MN
During school year, they offer clear observing on Wednesday and Thursday nights from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Goodsell Observatory- Carleton College, Northfield, MN
In Goodsell's main dome, there is a 16.2 inch John Brashear refractor and in the smaller dome there is an 8 1/4 inch Alvan Clark and Sons refractor. Both are over a hundred years old. Goodsell also has some modern telescopes which consist of six f/10, 8 inch, Meade telescopes and four newly purchased f/6.3, 8 inch, Meade "reflecting", LX200 telescopes. These telescopes are used for setting up outside on observing piers during observing classes and public or private open houses.

Sola Fide Observatory- Austin, MN

(507) 437-7519
The facility is open to the public one or two Saturdays per month when volunteers are available to show visitors constellations and other celestial bodies.

Mankato State Observatory- Mankato, MN
Public shows on Friday nights.

St. Kate's Observatory- Saint Paul, MN
Not currently open. Will announce soon.

Groups

Minnesota Astronomical Society
5 locations, Contact: (952) 467-2426
Local group of amateur astronomers has five observing sites and operates four observatories throughout Minnesota. Far from city lights with dozens of telescopes to see the stars, planets and many lovely deep sky objects! Join them free of charge. See the MAS website for a listing of their star parties. Monthly meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at the Fairview Community Center in Roseville. Check the MAS website for possible changes in location, guest speaker and topic. Meetings are free and open to the public.

Steele County Astronomical Society- Owatonna, MN

Rochester Astronomy Club- Rochester, MN

Arrowhead Astronomical Society- Duluth, MN

A club for Duluth area amateur astronomers. This club is for anyone with an interest in the night sky. Beginners to advanced amateurs are welcome.

Other

University of Minnesota Astronomy Department- Minneapolis, MN
(612) 624-0211
Click outreach on their website for their observing atop the physics building on Friday nights during the school year. They also have been doing a program called Universe in the Park during the summer.

Science Museum of Minnesota- Saint Paul, MN
(651) 221-9444
Occasionally, the Science Museum of Minnesota in downtown Saint Paul will have an astronomical film or exhibit.