Astronomy

  • Stargazing Tips & Tricks—Plus a Handy Metro-Area Map

    Published01/11/2021 , By Emily Dzieweczynski

    Stargazing and enjoying the night sky is wonderful for all ages, with or without a telescope. To help you join in the fun, the Bell Museum staff have compiled a list of prime stargazing spots near the metro area of the Twin Cities. 
  • 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…
  • Minnesota Skies: November 2020

    Published10/26/2020 , 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…
  • Space or Brain?

    Published10/12/2020

    In celebration of the Mysteries of Your Brain show, opening in our planetarium this weekend, we have a little quiz for you called “Space or Brain”! It might be harder than you think! Click the “Answer” tab to reveal!
  • Lighting Up the Universe

    Published10/06/2020 , By Kaitlin Ehret, planetarium outreach educator

    Have you ever wondered what the world looks like to a bee buzzing around your flowers, or why the sky is blue? Have you ever wondered how astronomers can take two pictures of the same nebula and end up with vastly different images, or why those colorful nebulae look like…
  • Minnesota Skies: October 2020

    Published09/25/2020 , By Deane Morrison and Thaddeus

    October begins and ends with a full Moon. The first rises the evening of October 1, only about three hours past the exact moment of fullness. Following it into the eastern sky is Mars, now too bright to be washed out by any lunar luster. Over to the south, brilliant…
  • Minnesota Skies: September 2020

    Published08/28/2020

    Traditionally, Indigenous people keenly observed celestial objects, especially the Moon, and kept track of the passing of time. Each full Moon marked the passing of one month and reflected the “moon time” of women (menstruation). Seasonal activities that were culturally significant each month became the name of each month. Some…
  • Minnesota Skies: August 2020

    Published07/30/2020

    Traditionally, Indigenous people keenly observed celestial objects, especially the Moon, and kept track of the passing of time. Each full Moon marked the passing of one month and reflected the “moon time” of women (menstruation). Seasonal activities that were culturally significant each month became the name of each month. Some…
  • Minnesota Skies: July 2020

    Published06/30/2020 , By Deane Morrison, Thaddeus LaCoursiere & Sarah Komperud

    This month Jupiter and Saturn dominate the evening sky, while Venus climbs into prominence as a predawn planet.