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Statewide Star Party 2020: Thursday, November 12

Thursday | November 12, 2020 | 7:00 pm9:00 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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Thursday, November 12
7–9 pm

7 pm: Cultural Astronomy: the Importance of Starry Night Skies for People Across Time and Place

Jessica HeimJessica Heim | Astronomy educator and cultural astronomy graduate student at the University of Wales Trinity St. David.

A view of the starry heavens has been an integral part of the human experience since time immemorial. Come and discover some of the ways the stars have played an important role in the lives of people around the world while learning about cultural astronomy—a branch of inquiry focused upon the connection between people and the sky. This talk will focus not only on the role of dark, starry skies in times past, but also on the value such skies have for people today. There will be time for Q & A, so bring your questions!

Jessica Heim is currently pursuing graduate studies in cultural astronomy through the University of Wales Trinity St. David. In her dissertation research, she is studying community processes relating to dark sky friendly LED retrofits, examining lighting plans and policies, as well as gaining insight into the thoughts of stakeholders and community members about dark skies and lighting changes in their communities. Jessica enjoys engaging in collaborative educational outreach which allows participants to learn more about the connections between culture, science, and the night sky. She is a team member of Native Skywatchers, an initiative led by Professor Annette Lee, which seeks to remember and revitalize indigenous star and earth knowledge. Jessica’s research interests involve exploring human relationships with both sky and land, not only as pertaining to dark skies, but also in regard to ethics and policy issues associated with space exploration and development. She graduated magna cum laude from the College of St. Benedict, double majoring in environmental studies and music. In addition to her work with dark skies, she maintains a private piano studio, teaching students of all ages. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, bird watching, and otherwise spending time in the natural world.

8 pm: Live Telescope Observing: Guest Host Mark Job

Mark Job | Member at the Minnesota Astronomical Society

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!


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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


Thursday | November 12, 2020
7:00 pm–9:00 pm


Zoom link will be sent to registered participants

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