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November 2019

Family stargazing outside with a telescope

November Star Party: Moon & Beyond

Friday 11/08/2019
7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113

Explore Minnesota skies with the Bell Museum at free outdoor telescope observing nights.

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September 2020

starry night sky

Star Party Season Kickoff! (Virtual Edition)

Friday 09/25/2020
8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Free

We’re kicking off our season of evening star parties with some exciting new features. Grab your star map and enjoy telescope observing from wherever you are. Our astronomy staff will guide you through the night sky as our telescope, with its new camera features, will live capture deep space objects and stream them to you virtually. Register online to receive the link. Don’t forget to download your own Minnesota Skies Guide!

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October 2020

Cat's Eye Nebula

October Virtual Star Party

Friday 10/23/2020
Free

Grab your star map and enjoy telescope observing from wherever you are. Our astronomy staff will guide you through the night sky as our telescope, with its new camera features, will live capture deep space objects and stream them to you virtually. Registration link coming soon!

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December 2020

white stars, black sky

December Virtual Star Party

Friday 12/18/2020
Free

Grab your star map and enjoy telescope observing from wherever you are. Our astronomy staff will guide you through the night sky as our telescope, with its new camera features, will live capture deep space objects and stream them to you virtually. Registration link coming soon!

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January 2021

Messier 13

January Virtual Star Party

Friday 01/22/2021
Free

Grab your star map and enjoy telescope observing from wherever you are. Our astronomy staff will guide you through the night sky as our telescope, with its new camera features, will live capture deep space objects and stream them to you virtually. Register now!

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February 2021

image of Perseverance rover

Star Party—Virtual Mars Edition

Friday 02/19/2021
Free

Joining us tonight as a special co-host is Derek Demeter from the Emil Buehler Planetarium at Seminole State College of Florida. He has a passion for teaching people about the wonders of the universe, and his astrophotography work has earned a place on NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day website. We’ll be looking at the winter sky through our telescopes and talking about the recent mission to Mars with the Perseverance Rover.

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March 2021

thors hammer constellation

March Star Party (Virtual Edition)

Friday 03/19/2021
Free

Grab your star map and enjoy telescope observing from wherever you are. Our astronomy staff will guide you through the night sky as our telescope, with its new camera features, will live capture deep space objects and stream them to you virtually. Register now!

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April 2021

Spiral-shaped galaxy

April Star Party (Virtual Edition)

Friday 04/16/2021
Free

Spiral, elliptical, irregular—oh my! Galaxies abound in our spring sky. Some galaxies are even home to supernovae—the explosive remains of dead stars.

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September 2021

Purple, pink, and white supernova

Virtual Star Party – Fall Highlights

Friday 09/17/2021
Free

Join us for our fall observing season kickoff! We're streaming live telescope views to you from the Bell Museum’s observation deck. Our expert planetarium team will show you what to look out for this fall.

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November 2021

Logo with red and blue lines around a launched rocket go upwards in front of a moon on a black triangle. Triangle is on the left side of a bigger photo of a launched rocket.

Virtual Star Party – Artemis I, Returning to the Moon

Friday 11/19/2021
Free

Join our planetarium team as they dig into the upcoming, history-making mission and share live views of the Moon and night sky objects through the Bell Museum’s telescopes.

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