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  • Spring into Citizen Science (In Your Backyard)

    Published04/06/2020 , By Holly Menninger

    April is Citizen Science Month! Holly Menninger, director of public engagement and science learning at the Bell, shares her thoughts and tips for how to get involved in citizen science this month. 
  • Minnesota Skies: April 2020

    Published03/31/2020 , By Deane Morrison, Thaddeus LaCoursiere & Sarah Komperud

    April opens with spectacular views of planets in both the morning and evening skies. Early risers who look to the southeast will see Jupiter, brilliant in the predawn darkness. Off to the east of Jupiter, red Mars hangs right below golden Saturn.
  • Minnesota Skies: March 2020

    Published02/20/2020 , By Deane Morrison, Thaddeus LaCoursiere & Sarah Komperud

    In March, the action in the predawn sky really picks up. The month opens with Mars, Jupiter and Saturn forming a straight line, in that order from right to left, above the southeastern horizon. On the 4th, the three planets are spaced almost evenly apart.
  • Meet the Bell’s Planetarium Outreach Educator

    Published02/19/2020

    Katilin Ehret first worked at the Bell Museum as a student, and is currently our planetarium outreach educator.
  • Q & A With Sheena Jimmick

    Published02/17/2020

    Sheena Jimmick, a recent College of Science and Engineering graduate and Bell volunteer, worked this winter to develop an interactive gallery cart focused on the engineering evolution of telescope technology from 470 BC to the present.
  • Flying on Other Worlds

    Published02/13/2020

    Scott McWilliams, a senior in the University of Minnesota Twin Cities College of Science and Engineering program, has worked in the Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Planetarium since May 2018. This semester he had the opportunity to design his own show for the dome, which he chose to focus on what…
  • Space Fest 2020 was Out of This World!

    Published02/06/2020

    What a fantastic weekend at the Bell! Space Fest dazzled again with nearly 2,000 people, including many Bell members, enjoying planetarium shows, hands-on activities from stomp rockets to lunar landers, guest speakers, volunteers, and exceptional partners.
  • Minnesota Skies: February 2020

    Published01/30/2020 , By Deane Morrison, Thaddeus LaCoursiere & Sarah Komperud

    A dazzling evening “star,” Venus comes out in twilight and sticks around long enough to outshine all the real stars against a dark sky.
  • Show Some Love This Valentine’s Day

    Published01/27/2020 , By Gretchen Zampogna

    This Valentine’s Day, we have gifts for the literal-minded—anatomically correct hearts, anyone?—and the romantic (try a guide to the night sky for sweet stargazing date).
  • 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.