Astronomy

  • Minnesota Skies: January 2020

    Published12/18/2019 , By Deane Morrison, Thaddeus LaCoursiere & Sarah Komperud

    Set against the cold morning sky, the warm red of Mars and its stellar counterpart Antares lends a note of cheer to the January darkness.
  • Minnesota Skies: December 2019

    Published11/25/2019 , By Deane Morrison, Thaddeus LaCoursiere & Sarah Komperud

    Fall back and find out what you can see this month: both the morning and evening skies get an infusion of new planets.
  • Minnesota Skies: November 2019

    Published10/30/2019 , By Deane Morrison, Thaddeus LaCoursiere & Sarah Komperud

    Fall back and find out what you can see this month: both the morning and evening skies get an infusion of new planets.
  • 2019 Report to the Community

    Published10/18/2019 , By Denise Young & Brian Buhr

    Friends, When Minnesota legislators called for a state museum of natural history in 1872, they proved their smart and innovative thinking about the enduring role of nature to our wellbeing as a people and a state. Our research is at the forefront of describing and explaining environmental change and biodiversity,…
  • Minnesota Skies: October 2019

    Published09/30/2019 , By Parke Kunkle & Thaddeus LaCoursiere

    Find out what you can see this month: bright stars and planets, International Observe the Moon Night, and more.
  • Minnesota Skies: September 2019

    Published08/30/2019 , By Parke Kunkle & Thaddeus LaCoursiere

    Find out what you can see this month: Saturn, summer triangle, fall equinox, lunar highlights, and more.
  • Heaven and Earth

    Published07/31/2019 , By Gayla Marty

    Jeannette Piccard gained fame twice in her life: as the first woman to reach the stratosphere, and the first woman ordained as a priest in the Episcopal church. Learn more about this pioneering science educator and how her legacy lives on inside the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium.
  • Minnesota Skies: August 2019

    Published , By Parke Kunkle & Thaddeus LaCoursiere

    Find out what you can see this month: Ring nebula, Perseid meteor shower, equids in the sky, lunar highlights, and more.
  • Searching for Stardust

    Published

    Learn more about citizen scientist Scott Peterson, the micrometeorite hunter behind our City Stardust exhibit.
  • Photo Gallery: 2018/19 Skynet Scholars

    Published07/01/2019

    Our Skynet Scholars program teaches middle and high schoolers to operate research-grade telescopes through the internet. See a gallery of their astronomical images!