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Dark Sky Caravan

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium is hitting the road from Duluth to the end of the Gunflint Trail Aug. 11-18. The traveling event will coincide with the annual Perseid Meteor shower where stargazers can expect to see 50-70 meteors or shooting stars per hour. The mobile GeoDome Theater creates an immersive learning environment that is interactive and engaging. University of Minnesota Duluth staff and students will lead attendees through a dynamic digital space exploration experience. Accompanying the planetarium will be telescopes offering live sky viewing with consultation, thanks to volunteers from the Arrowhead Astronomical Society. 

All events are free, with daily programming that will run from 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.* Planetarium shows will be offered on the half hour. In the event of cloudy skies, programming will be limited to the planetarium. Date Location Saturday, August 11 UMD Planetarium, Duluth Sunday, August 12 Tettegouche Visitor Center, Silver Bay Monday, August 13 Birch Grove Community Center, Tofte Tuesday, August 14 Voyageur Brewing Company, Grand Marais Wednesday, August 15 Grand Portage Community Center, Grand Portage* (hours 5 p.m.- 8 p.m.) Thursday, August 16 Seagull Lake Community Center, upper Gunflint Trail Friday, August 17 Seagull Lake Community Center, upper Gunflint Trail The end of the tour wraps up with two nights at the end of the Gunflint Trail – known for its pure dark sky with a reading of a class 1 on the Bortle scale, which translates into an excellent dark sky with minimal light pollution.

Date & Time

Every Day!

Aug 11, 2018 through Aug 18, 2018

5:00PM - 11:00PM

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