Big dipper constellation in a dark blue sky

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  • A Successful Failure: A Brief History of the Apollo 13 Mission

    Published04/17/2020 , By Kaitlin Ehret, planetarium outreach educator

    With ingenuity, resilience, and perseverance, everyone involved in the Apollo 13 mission triumphed against immense odds. Today marks the 50th anniversary of the safe return of those three astronauts. Join us this as we take a look at the challenges of the mission and these lessons from the past can…
  • 30th Anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope

    Published04/16/2020

    For thirty years, the Hubble Space Telescope has provided us with discovery and awe-inspiring images from the cosmos. On April 24th, NASA will celebrate the anniversary of Hubble’s launch aboard the Space Shuttle Discovery by releasing a stunning new image yet to be seen by the public. Mark your calendars…
  • Songs of Spring: A Ribbiting Chorus

    Published , By Adam Hartman, gallery programs assistant

    Spring is here, which means it’s time for our amphibious friends to come out of hibernation!
  • International Bat Appreciation Day

    Published04/15/2020 , By Adam Hartman, gallery programs assistant

    April 17  is International Bat Appreciation Day! There are more than 1,200 species of bats around the world, seven of which can be found in Minnesota. Which bat do you relate to?
  • The Sandhill Crane Migration is On!

    Published04/09/2020 , By Anna Kottkamp

    Sandhill cranes have been spotted beginning their spring migration through Minnesota, giving us a chance to watch and learn about these extraordinary animals once on the brink of being endangered. 
  • Curious About: Cassiopeia

    Published , By Kaitlin Ehret, planetarium outreach educator

    If you go outside on a clear night and look up, you’ll likely recognize a few shapes. The big dipper (Ursa Major) is a popular one here in Minnesota. Not too far away from it is a constellation with a distinctive shape—Cassiopeia.
  • 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.
  • Exploring Plants and Their Chemicals

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    Ya Yang, our curator of plants, is leading a $1.4 million collaborative project with Sam Brockington at Cambridge University, Hiroshi Maeda at University of Wisconsin, and Stephen Smith at University of Michigan. Support for Yang’s team here at the University is $480,000. We sat down to get some details on…
  • Something Fishy at the Bell

    Published03/27/2020

    Keiffer Williams, Alex Franzen, and Claire Rude are UMN students using the Bell’s fish collections for research.