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July 06 - July 12

Bell Museum Reopening Q&A

Thursday 07/09/2020
1:00 pm - 1:20 pm
Free

We are happy to announce that the Bell Museum is able to open its doors again on Thursday, July 16! During the first week, we will be welcoming our members only, and we realize there may be many questions about the new museum experience. Join Bell staff for a live Q&A about what to expect when you return for a visit. We’ll discuss everything we’ve done to ensure a fun and safe experience and will leave plenty of time for your questions.

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July 13 - July 19
moth

Magical Moths

Friday 07/17/2020
9:00 am - 9:20 am
Free

Did you know that National Moth Week is July 18-26? Get ready to learn more about these fascinating flyers and how to observe them from the Heather Cummins, Minnesota Master Naturalist and resident Bell Museum entomologist. She’ll take us on a journey of her study of moths, help us understand their life history, and show some examples. There will also be time for your questions!

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July 20 - July 26
Plant curator Ya Yang with a microscope

Conversation with a Curator: Ya Yang

Thursday 07/23/2020
4:00 pm - 4:20 pm
Free

Plants are chemical factories -- the diverse compounds they produce are not only used to help the plants attract pollinators, fend off pesky leaf-eating herbivores, or deal with life in extreme environments. They have also become incredibly important to people as sources of food and medicine. Dr. Ya Yang, curator of plants at the Bell Museum, is leading a new, collaborative research study to explore and better understand plant chemistry. She’ll help us connect to plant chemicals in our daily…

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July 27 - August 02
night sky with perseid meteor shower

Minnesota Night Skies in August

Monday 07/27/2020
4:00 pm - 4:20 pm
Free

There’s never been a better time to head outside and explore the starry skies! Join our planetarium educators as they answer your questions and take you on a journey of what's currently visible in the evening skies. They'll even highlight the upcoming Perseid Meteor Shower and how best to view it. Don’t forget to download your own Minnesota Skies Guide before the adventure begins. https://drive.google.com/file/d/18kUy4ZUoFYfpGp4mVZ50bd-flY5kfCUM/view 

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August 03 - August 09
Drawers with collections of insects

August Member Master Class (Bell Member Exclusive)

Wednesday 08/05/2020
Free

Join us for our next Bell member master class!

In this virtual event, Minnesota Master Naturalist and our Gallery Programs Coordinator Heather Cummins will turn over a new leaf to demystify the insect world. You will learn how to use tools you have right at home to identify, capture, and observe insects (and their relatives), and simple ways you can support our six-legged neighbors right in your own neighborhood.

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August 10 - August 16
night sky with perseid meteor shower

A Loon, a Crane, a Fisher, and a Salamander in the Minnesota Night Sky?

Monday 08/10/2020
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

Join Indigenous astronomer and science educator Annette S. Lee to see the stars as never before. Together we will view the sky from Ojibwe and Dakota/Lakota cultural lenses to see Maang, Ajiijaak, Ojiig, Ahdeṡka/Agleṡka ... and more!

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August 24 - August 30
mars

Minnesota Night Skies in September

Monday 08/24/2020
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

There’s never been a better time to head outside and explore the starry skies! Join our planetarium educators on Facebook Live as they answer your questions and take you on a journey of what’s currently visible in the evening skies. Mars can be seen throughout September, so come learn more about how best to view it. Don’t forget to download your own Minnesota Skies Guide before the adventure begins.

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September 21 - September 27
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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observatory on a desert hill overlooking a sunrise

Big Astronomy: People, Places, Discovery 360° Livestream

Saturday 09/26/2020
2:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Bell Museum, 2088 Larpenteur Avenue W
St Paul, 55113
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Free

Celebrate Astronomy Day all weekend long with the debut of the award winning planetarium show Big Astronomy. Streaming on our YouTube channel all weekend, meet the teams of people with diverse backgrounds, talents and skills, working under unique sky conditions, to make a world-class observatory succeed. Big Astronomy will introduce you to cutting-edge telescopes in the remote mountains of Chile and to the people who make sure these instruments operate day and night, unlocking the secrets of the universe. To view the 360°…

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September 28 - October 04
artistic rendering of objects fro our solar system lined up beyond the edge of the sun

Minnesota Night Skies in October (online event)

Monday 09/28/2020
4:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Free

There’s never been a better time to head outside and explore the starry skies! Join our planetarium educators on Facebook Live as they answer your questions and take you on a journey of what’s currently visible in the evening skies. Four planets and hundreds of stars can be seen throughout October, so come learn more about how to see these celestial objects. Don’t forget to download your own Minnesota Skies Guide!  https://www.bellmuseum.umn.edu/star-map/

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