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Planetarium

  • Imagine soaring out to the farthest known quasar, exploring recently discovered galaxies, or journeying through an historic civilization.

    The Minnesota State University Moorhead planetarium offers a variety of multimedia presentations that awe, amaze, entertain and educate viewers of all ages. Tour the planets and known universe through a night sky simulation that delivers spectacular imagery through a dynamic and total immersion experience. The planetarium uses the premier Elumenati projector and Uniview scientific software used by the most prestigious planetariums in the country. The planetarium comfortably seats 62, and serves 10,000 visitors annually.

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    The Weather: Use your senses to explore the weather

    Connect children to the weather around them by encouraging them to use their senses to observe weather. This program introduces basic cloud types and how they are associated with specific weather conditions; weather forecasting, terms and equipment; and features of the water cycle.

    April 7 - May 19
    Saturdays, 11 a.m.

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    Mayan Archaeoastronomy: Observers of the Universe

    This visually stunning program intertwines science and mythology to take the viewer on a poetic journey through six different Mayan archaeological sites, and shows how they viewed and understood the universe throughout their history. This artistic interpretation of the Universe makes for a journey that will not be forgotten.

    April 8 - May 20
    Sundays, 2 p.m.

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    NEW! Solar System Explorers Program

    Grab your space passport and take a journey through our solar system visiting new planets each month. Solar System Explorers will visit each planet and get a sticker for your passport. Fill in all the planets to become an official Solar System Explorer!

    Tour 4: Dwarf Planets & Moons, final tour (SS Explorers Awards)
    April 21, 10 a.m. | April 22, 3 p.m.

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  • Planetarium News
    • Minnesota Water Stories tonight
      Monday, May 14 | 7-8 p.m. | Planetarium Water flows out of Minnesota in three directions and our personal and […]
    • MSUM Planetarium partners with U of M to bring MN Water Stories to the dome
      EVENT CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER Water flows out of Minnesota in three directions and our personal and public choices have […]
    • MSU Moorhead Laserfest Features Magic of Music
      Friday, March 23 – Sunday, March 25 | Various Show Times | Planetarium  29 show times, 25 programs, 3 days […]
    • Free student admission for LaserFest 2018
      March 23-25 All MSUM students are free for LaserFest this year thanks to support from SABC. You must reserve your […]
    • Free LaserFest open house
      Friday, March 23 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | MSUM Planetarium (BR 167) Bring your lunch and check out all […]
    • Laserfest
      March 23-25
    • Planetarium Hosts 500+ at Stars of PBS
      Saturday, Feb. 3, the MSUM Planetarium hosted its 4th annual Stars of PBS special event sponsored by Moore Engineering. The event […]
    • Mario Kart Marathon
      Friday, Jan. 19 | 9-11:30 p.m. | Planetarium (BR 167) Join the Dragon Entertainment Group for our Mario Kart Marathon! […]
    • Are We Alone in the Universe?
      Kavli Institute Fulldome Lecture presented by MSUM Planetarium Friday, Nov. 3 | 7:30-8:30 p.m. | MSUM Planetarium Presented by Dr. […]
    • Art, science department collaboration wows
      Planetarium Director, Sara Schultz and Art Professor Brad Bachmeier were granted $9,000 to work in guiding art and science students […]
    • MSUM Physics & Astronomy Seminar Series: Cassini’s Grand Finale
      Friday, Sept. 15 | 3-4 p.m. | Planetarium – BR 167 Presenter: Boston Heaford After two decades in space, NASA’s […]
    • Watch the solar eclipse safely; do not look at the sun
      The Great American Eclipse will take place Monday, Aug. 21 starting at 11:30 a.m. Looking at the sun for any […]
    • Watch the Great American Eclipse Safely Aug. 21
      No more eclipse glasses are available at MSUM; free viewing still on The Minnesota State University Moorhead Planetarium and Bookstore […]
    • Watch the Great American Eclipse Safely Aug. 21
      Free viewing begins at 11:30 a.m. on MSUM campus  The Great American Eclipse marks the first day of classes at […]
    • MSUM new hires
      Please join us in welcoming the following employees to Minnesota State University Moorhead! Make sure to stop by their departments […]
    • Four MSUM students present at national planetarium conference
      July 18-20 four MSUM Physics and Astronomy students attended and presented at the Live Interactive Planetarium Symposium at Ball State […]
    • Eclipse: The Sun Revealed
      July 16 – Aug. 20 | Sundays at 2 p.m. | Planetarium (Bridges 167)
    • Planetarium Shows
      Sunday, May 28 | 2 & 3 p.m.
    • Planetarium awarded $9,000 from Lake Region Arts Council
      ​The MSUM Planetarium has been awarded $9,000 to undertake a large-scale mural project. The MSUM Planetarium, Youth Educational Services (YES) […]
    • Talk at the Planetarium about fractals: Math Club seminars
      Tuesday, April 18 | 4:30 p.m. | Planetarium Dr. Damiano Fulghesu will give a talk titled “Recurrence Sequences and Chaos.”  […]
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