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February 2021

night sky with perseid meteor shower

Minnesota Night Skies in March (online event)

Friday 02/26/2021
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. 

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March 2021

People and lines from far above

Dene Ch’anié (‘the path we walk’): Indigenous Perspectives on Planetary Health

Wednesday 03/03/2021
Free

This presentation will discuss Indigenous perspectives on planetary health and greater sustainability movements through the Dëne Sųłıné concept of Dene Ch’anie.

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Damage from a tornado in North Minneapolis

Landscapes of Environmental Justice: Bridging Past and Present

Tuesday 03/16/2021
Free

An introduction to environmental justice challenges in the Twin Cities through a storytelling lens, focusing on first-person narratives.

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two watercolored heads connected by watercolor waves

Bell Live: Learn about developing brains! (Brain Awareness Week)

Friday 03/19/2021
11:00 am - 11:30 am
Free

Join us to learn about Dr. Anita Randolph's path to brain research, her current work at MIDB, and what we can all do to develop and maintain healthy brains.

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thors helmet 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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Graphic with connected dots and trees, text: Probable Meets Possible: Bio-inspired futures rooted in the right now

Probable Meets Possible: Leveling Up to Combat Climate Change

Wednesday 03/31/2021
Free

Scientists unravel the effects of climate change at two vastly different levels — from the activities of individual microbes to fluxes of gases in the atmosphere. They engage in conversations with individual community members and groups of global political leaders. Dr. Jennifer Powers and Dr. Heidi Roop will share the challenges and strengths of working across these scales. They’ll share insights into how these dual approaches might catalyze novel collaborations and progress in climate change work. The conversation will be…

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April 2021

white stars, black sky

Minnesota Night Skies in April (online event)

Thursday 04/01/2021
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. 

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trilobite fossil

Minnesota Geology

Friday 04/09/2021
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Free

Join us for an exploration of Minnesota geology, formations, and fossils. University of Minnesota earth science graduate students Christine Newville and Evan Whiting will take us inside the lab to look closely at basalt and gneiss, investigate the Platteville Formation, and examine fossils from our state. Your questions are welcome during the live presentation!

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Wild Rice bed

University-Tribal Partnerships to Support Sovereignty and Environmental Justice

Wednesday 04/14/2021
Free

This discussion focuses on manoomin/psiη (wild rice) and collaborations including First We Must Consider Manoomin / Psiη (Wild Rice), which brings together tribes, intertribal treaty organizations, and University of Minnesota faculty, staff, and students.

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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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