Friday, June 25, 2010

Seeing Stars in Moorhead

Another affordable and educational outing is a trip to the MSU Planetarium. The planetarium is located at 11th Street and 8th Ave. South on the MSUM campus in Bridges Hall #167, in Moorhead, MN.

The planetarium simulates the night sky. It can show the sky from any location on the Earth, now or thousands of years in the past of future. The planetarium offers approximately five different shows for the general public each year. Groups may choose the current public show or one from the planetarium’s growing collection of shows. Most of the shows are about 45 minutes long, except for shows designed for pre-schoolers which run 20-25 minutes.

Summer shows are Thursday nights at 7:00. Starting in September they have shows at 2:00 on Sundays and Thursday nights at 7:00.
The next show, Red River Skies: Our Moon starts July 1st and runs through July 29, Thursdays at 7:00 pm. The Full Moons of summer ride low in the sky. They often appear larger than the Full Moon at other times of the year. Come and learn more about our closest neighbor-its phases, features and lore and learn how to use a star map to identify summer stars and constellations.

General Admission $3
Children (12 & under) $1.50
Seniors (65 years and older) $1.50

You can also schedule a group showing, for school group or other group. This would be a great outing for a Boy Scout or Girl Scout group. Cost for groups is $1.00 for students and $2.00 for adults. School groups, the teachers and chaperones are admitted for free. Minimum group cost is $20.

I have been to the Planetarium a couple of times. It is a fun activity which is also educational.

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