Minnesota Skies

  • Minnesota Skies: August 2021

    Published07/27/2021 , By Thaddeus LaCoursiere

  • Minnesota Skies: July 2021

    Published06/23/2021 , By Deane Morrison

  • Minnesota Skies: June 2021

    Published05/25/2021 , By Deane Morrison

  • Minnesota Skies: May 2021

    Published04/29/2021 , By Thaddeus LaCoursiere

  • Indigenous Astronomy & the Bell

    Published03/30/2021 , By Gretchen Zampogna

    When our planetarium team presents live shows in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium, the constellations that appear on the dome are typically the shapes and forms imagined by ancient Greeks and 16th century European astronomers. Why? Simply put, because that’s the knowledge typically taught in western education. The Bell…
  • Constellation Hunter: Hidden in the Spring Skies Part 2

    Published03/29/2021 , By Sarah Komperud

    Throughout the last year, we’ve embarked on a journey to find 39 northern hemisphere constellations in our Constellation Hunter series. Along the way we’ve found seasonal favorites such as Orion and Cygnus, the ever present circumpolar constellations like Ursa Major, and a few bonus constellations not on the official list…
  • Constellation Hunter: Hidden in the Spring Skies

    Published02/24/2021 , By Sarah Komperud

    Across the sky there are 88 total constellations, but not all of them are home to bright, easy to find stars. Back in the 17th century, Polish astronomer Johannes Hevelius introduced several smaller and dimmer constellations to fill in otherwise unassigned segments of the sky.
  • Minnesota Skies: February 2021

    Published01/19/2021 , By Sarah Komperud and Thaddeus LaCoursiere

    Orion the Hunter still strides across the evening sky as we continue to fight our way through our cloudy and snowy world. Known to them as the Wintermaker, the Ojibwe connected together the same stars as the Greeks and Romans and extended his arms to the stars Procyon (to the…
  • Minnesota Skies: January 2021

    Published12/21/2020 , By Sarah Komperud and Thaddeus LaCoursiere

    When you hear the name Aries, you might think of Ares—the Greek god of war with a similar sounding name (aka Mars)—or the horoscope sign associated with the birth dates March 20–April 19. In astronomy, Aries the ram is one of the 13 constellations of the zodiac, and is found…
  • Minnesota Skies: December 2020

    Published11/30/2020 , By Thaddeus LaCoursiere and Deane Morrison

    Despite the recent (and ongoing) (and upcoming) snow, it’s still fall and as you shake off your sugar rush from the Halloween (physically distanced) festivities. In celebration of the season’s snow (and to try to distract from it), head out and take a look at some of these deep sky…