Family stargazing outside with a telescope

Statewide Star Party

Celebrate the Moon & Beyond: November 8 –11

Statewide Star Party logoPicture this: Thousands of Minnesotans at sites across the state observing the Moon and engaging in hands-on astronomy activities all at the same time. The Bell Museum invites you to participate in Minnesota’s first Statewide Star Party during the weekend of Friday, November 8 through Monday, November 11. Help us continue celebrating the Apollo 50th anniversary, the Moon, and beyond!

Thank you to Ruth and John Huss and the Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation for their generous support of Statewide Star Party: The Moon & Beyond, part of the Bell Museum’s Minnesota’s Astronomy Classroom initiative.

Check the map below, and then see the list for details of sites hosting parties on each day!

Thursday, November 7

St. Paul
Como Planetarium | 780 W Wheelock Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55117 | 6–9 pm

Friday, November 8

Afton
JJ Casby Observatory/Belwin Conservancy | 1553 Stagecoach Trail, Afton, MN 55001 | 6–8 pm

Comfrey
Minnesota Historical Society Jeffers Petroglyphs | 27160 County Road 2, Comfrey MN 56019 | 6–8 pm

East Bethel
Cedar Creek Observatory | 2660 Fawn Lake Drive Northeast, East Bethel, Minnesota 55005 | 6–10 pm

Ely
Ely Public Library | 224 E Chapman Street Ely MN | 6–8 pm

Hopkins
Eisenhower Observatory | Eisenhower Community Center, room 347, 1001 Highway 7, Hopkins, MN 55305 | 6–9 pm

Kenyon
Cherry Grove Observatory – MAS | 8485 520th Street, Kenyon, MN 55946. (520th Street is Dodge County A), Corner of Goodhue County 1 and Dodge County A | 6–10 pm

Mankato
Mankato Planetarium | Mankato East High School, 2600 Hoffman Road, Mankato, MN | 6:30–8:30 pm

St. Anthony
Silverwood Park | 2500 County Road E West | 6–9 pm

St. Paul
Bell Museum | 2088 Larpenteur Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55113 | 7:30–9 pm

Macalester College Observatory | Olin-Rice Hall, Macalester College, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105 | 7–10 pm

St. Peter
Gustavus Adolphus College | Olin Observatory, Olin Hall, 800 West College Avenue, St. Peter, MN | 7–10 pm

Worthington
Minnesota West Community and Technical College | Corner of Lexington Avenue and Sundown Drive (by the softball diamond), Worthington, MN 56187 | 6–9 pm

Saturday, November 9

Austin
Sola Fide Observatory/Jay C. Hormel Nature Center | 53600-53734 180 Street, Austin, MN 55912 | 7–11 pm

Byron
Rochester Astronomy Club | Oxbow Park and Zollman Zoo, 5731 County Road 105 Northwest, Byron, MN 55920 | 6–8 pm

Duluth
Marshall Alworth Planetarium | 1023 University Drive, Duluth, MN 55812 | 6–8 pm

Elk River
Oliver Kelley Farm (MNHS) | 15788 Kelley Farm Road, Elk River, MN 55330 | 7:30–9:30 pm

Forestville
Historic Forestville (MNHS) | 21899 County Road 118, Preston, MN 55965 (within Forestville/Mystery Cave State Park) | 7– 9 pm

Fridley
Bloom Adventures | ICM Soccer Field 1401, Gardena Avenue NE, Fridley, MN 55432 | 7–10 pm

Kenyon
Cherry Grove Observatory | 8485 520th Street, Kenyon, MN 55946. (520th Street is Dodge County A), Corner of Goodhue County 1 and Dodge County A | 6–10 pm

Little Canada
Pioneer Park | 2850 Desoto Street, Little Canada, MN 55117 | 8–11 pm

Moorhead
Fargo Moorhead Astronomy Club | Johnson Park | 7–10 pm

Norwood Young America
Eagle Lake Observatory | 10775 County Road 33, Norwood Young America, MN | 7–10 pm

Victoria
Lowry Nature Center | 7025 Victoria Drive, Victoria, MN 55386 | 6:30–8:30 pm

Map of Minnesota with star party sites

Sunday, November 10

Moorhead
Fargo Moorhead Astronomy Club | Johnson Park, 3601 11th Street North, Moorhead, MN 56560 | Time TBD

Monday, November 11

On Monday, you have a chance to view a rare planetary transit of Mercury as it crosses between the Sun and the Earth! Today’s events are in the morning so attendees can watch the transit with telescopes safe for solar viewing.

Afton
Belwin Outdoor Science | 1553 Stagecoach Trail South, Afton, MN 55001 | 10:30– 12 pm
(Private school group; invitation only)

Minneapolis
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, MiFA | Tate Hall, 116 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 | 7– 9 pm

Moorhead
Fargo Moorhead Astronomy Club, MSUM Campus | 1104 Seventh Avenue South, Moorhead, MN 56563 | 7–10 am

Norwood Young America
Eagle Lake Observatory |10775 County Road 33, Norwood Young America, MN | 8 am–noon

St. Paul
Bell Museum | 2088 Larpenteur Avenue West, St. Paul, MN 55113 | 7 am–Noon

Como Planetarium | 780 W Wheelock Parkway, St. Paul, MN 55117 | Time TBD