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  • 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.
  • Spread The Love

    Published01/25/2021 , By Nehwoen Luogon-Bojkov

    Responsibly spread the love this Valentine’s Day with gifts that spark curiosity and bring on warm fuzzy feelings. 
  • 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…
  • Findings in the University of Minnesota Herbarium: Connecticut Charter Oak Leaf

    Published12/12/2020 , By Nehwoen Luogon-Bojkov

    Undergraduate University of Minnesota Herbarium assistant Colin Robinson makes an interesting connection between a specimen in the collection and an iconic Connecticut symbol – on his first day on the job!  
  • 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…
  • Fall Bingo

    Published10/09/2020 , By Heather, gallery programs coordinator & MN Master Naturalist

    Explore #BellOutside by playing along with this game of Fall Bingo. How many of these squares can you complete in the Learning Landscape or in your own neighborhood?
  • 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…