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

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

Circle Pines
Centennial Library | 100 Civic Heights Cir. Circle Pines, MN 55014 | 6–8 pm

East Bethel
Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve CANCELED

Ely
Ely Public Library | 224 E Chapman Street Ely MN | 4–7 pm

Glyndon
MSUM Regional Science Center CANCELED

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

Kenyon
Cherry Grove Observatory CANCELED

Mankato
Mankato Planetarium CANCELED

Minneapolis
UMN – Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics | Tate Hall, 116 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 | Mercury presentation at 8 pm, room 101; Telescope observing at 8:30pm, room 510.

Northfield
Carleton College – Goodsell Observatory CANCELED

Norwood Young America
Eagle Lake Observatory | 10775 County Road 33, Norwood Young America, MN | 7–10 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, 1600 Grand Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55105 | 7–10 pm

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

Worthington
Minnesota West Community & Technical College | 1450 College Way, Worthington, MN 56187 | 6–9 pm

Saturday, November 9

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

Byron
Rochester Astronomy Club | Oxbow Park, 5731 County Rd 105 NW, Byron, MN 55920 | 6–8 pm

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

Elk River
Oliver Kelley Farm CANCELED

Forestville
Mystery Cave State Park – Historic Forestville | 21899 County Road 118, Preston, MN 55965 | 7– 9 pm

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

Glyndon
Fargo Moorhead Astronomy Club – Buffalo River State Park CANCELED

Kenyon
Cherry Grove Observatory CANCELED

Little Canada
Minnesota Astronomical Society – Pioneer Park CANCELED

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

A map of star party locations across Minnesota

Sunday, November 10

Moorhead
Fargo Moorhead Astronomy Club – M.B. Johnson Park CANCELED

Monday, November 11

Don’t miss the 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. Note: events may be cancelled if it is too cloudy.

Afton
Belwin Outdoor Science Center (Private school group; invitation only)

Austin
Jay C. Hormel Nature Center, outside interpretive center | Austin, MN 55912 | 8–11 am

Moorhead
Fargo Moorhead Astronomy Clubb – MSUM Planetarium | 700 11th St S., Moorhead, 56563 | 7–10 am

Minneapolis
UMN – Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics | Tate Hall, 116 Church Street SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455 | 9 am–noon

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

Rochester
Rochester Astronomy Club | 6:30 am–12:05pm

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