Celebrate The Night Sky Week Now Through Sept. 21

Starry Skies Lake Superior hosts a week of learning about light pollution, solutions to the problem and a chance to observe the sky through a telescope.

Want to learn how to make the sky darker so your kids’ kids will still be able to go out and look at the stars? Pick up some pointers and enjoy some wonderful view of the planets and brighter sky objects this week in Duluth, Minn. Starry Skies Lake Superior is hosting Celebrate the Night Sky Week now through Saturday, Sept. 21 with a full slate of events including:

  • Tonight (Monday): A free, drop-in lighting class titled Lighting Your Home at the Duluth Folk School (1917 W. Superior St.) from 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Tues, Sept. 17: Star-mapping with Apps class taught by yours truly (Registration required) 6:30-7:30 p.m. plus public star parties in Washburn, Wis. and the Gnesen Community Center, weather permitting.
  • Wed., Sept. 18: Free presentation and discussion at the Fitger’s Spirit of the North Theater about the preservation of the night sky and the exciting work that’s underway to create dark-sky regions in northern Minnesota and Ontario. Time is from 7-9 p.m. with telescopic observing in the parking lot weather permitting.
  • Friday, Sept. 20: Join us for a star party at Amity Coffee (4429 E. Superior St.). Telescopes will be set up on the Lakewalk from about 5:30-9 p.m. If you haven’t seen Jupiter and Saturn yet this summer, this is your chance! Weather permitting, of course. Another concurrent star party is planned from 7-9 p.m. at the Voyageur Brewing Company in Grand Marais.
  • Sat., Sept. 21: Final star party at the Duluth Folk School from 6-9:30 p.m. See you there!

For the complete schedule and updates, please go to the Starry Skies site.

2 Responses

  1. Edward M Boll

    I am hoping to get a view of Africano with binoculars. And I was hoping that my 3 inch scope could pull in Comet 260, but I rather doubt that it will get that bright.

  2. Edward M Boll

    Another relatively bright comet is N2. Although perihelion is not till November, it is not expected to get much brighter. Nearly 300 million miles from the Sun, it is now within about 3 million of perihelion.

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