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  • 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.
  • Conserving Audubon’s ‘Birds’

    Published12/17/2019 , By Don Luce

    No single person better represents the integration of science, art, and nature than John James Audubon (1785-1851). Read more about the eccentric genius behind Birds of America.
  • 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.
  • A Curious Gift Guide

    Published11/20/2019 , By Gretchen Zampogna

    Explore a curated collection of unique gift specimens for the science geek, nature nut, and space case in your life. Member bonus: Get 20 percent off December 14–22!
  • 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.
  • A Superior Solution

    Published08/01/2019 , By Gretchen Zampogna

    Jay Austin and his U of M research team are uncovering the mysteries of lake turnover by studying Lake Superior’s depths.
  • 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.