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Statewide Star Party 2020: Saturday, November 14

Saturday | November 14, 2020 | 7:00 pm10:00 pm


Join us for our virtual statewide star party! Eventbrite registration link at the bottom of the page or click the button below.

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Saturday, November 14
7–10 pm

7 pm: Saving the Dark Watch Party

Documentary by Srirum Murali

Eighty percent of the world’s population live under light polluted skies. What do we lose when we lose sight of the stars? Excessive and improper lighting robs us of our night skies, disrupts our sleep patterns and endangers nocturnal habitats. Saving the Dark explores the need to preserve night skies and ways to combat light pollution.

Saving the Dark documentary will be streamed live via Zoom. All you need to do is join our watch party, sit back, watch, and learn what it takes to protect our dark skies.

8 pm: Using Sketching to See Deeper

Jerry Jones | Astronomical League Coordinator for the Minnesota Astronomical Society
Sarah Komperud | Bell Museum Planetarium Programs Coordinator

Sketching isn’t always about artistic skill, technique, or aesthetics. The act of sketching can be a tool to learn how to observe and see more than you thought you could see. Join in, observe, and sketch with us as Jerry and Sarah chat, observe, and sketch what they see in the constellations of Auriga and Persesus.

Download a sketching worksheet! 
Check out our Constellation Hunter Sketching series.

8:30 pm: Student Showcase

The Bell Museum’s student employees are exceptional. They come from a wide range of majors and backgrounds, and are involved in some really interesting projects on and off campus. Two of the planetarium student staff will share with you their recent projects.

Meredith Wieber, fourth year, astrophysics and physics

Interning with NASA: A Mission to the Ice Giants
During the spring 2020 semester, I had the chance to travel to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for an internship. While there I assisted a team of scientists in the development of an atmospheric probe that is proposed to fly on a satellite mission to one of the ice giant planets (Uranus or Neptune). A mission like this is important because the ice giants are the two planets we know arguably the least about; the closest we’ve observed them is with the Voyager 2 flyby in 1986!

Andrew Surine, second year, astrophysics and entomology

Insect farming and challenges of living in space.

9 pm: Live Telescope Observing from the Bell Museum Observation Deck

Grab your star map, sit back, and enjoy a tour of the night sky—live! Virtual star parties, happening every night this week, will allow you to see the wonders of the night sky from telescopes directly broadcasted to your screens. Our team and partners around the state will take you on a tour of the night sky and show you celestial objects from our solar system and beyond!


Visit the link below to return to the 2020 Statewide Star Party main event page.

Statewide Star Party Info

Accessibility: All programs will be captioned and all keynotes will be live captioned; ASL interpreters available upon request. Please contact the accessibility office at 612-624-4268 or bellaccess@umn.edu.

Special thank you to Ruth and John Huss for their generous support.

The Statewide Star Party is funded in part by

clean water land & legacy amendment


Saturday | November 14, 2020
7:00 pm–10:00 pm


Zoom link will be sent to registered participants

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